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No rift between me and Oloriegbe – Saliu Mustapha

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Saliu Mustapha

The All Progressives Congress candidate for the Kwara Central Senatorial District in 2023 elections, Saliu Mustapha has cleared the air on the rumoured disagreement between him and the lawmaker currently representing Kwara Central in the 9th National Assembly, Senator Ibrahim Yahya Oloriegbe.

He made this revelation on Thursday in an interview with the BBC Yoruba.

The Turaki of Ilorin defeated the incumbent Senator Oloriegbe in the APC primaries in May.

The Kaduna born chieftain, said he hasn’t under any guise engaged in bickering or campaign of calumny against the medical doctor turned politician, noting that he rather applauded his stellar performance as a lawmaker due to his laudable track records throughout his primaries campaign.

Mustapha stressed that, the need to outstrip Oloriegbe’s sterling feats prompted his ambition to become a federal lawmaker, claiming that he has reached out to him and his relationship with the lawmaker remains cordial.

He advanced that the political calculation in the APC is to share the elective positions among the various local government areas in the state to gravitate democratic inclusivity and attract popular support from every length and breadth of the state.

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The APC stalwart explained that he became a household name in Kwara politics in 2003 while mobilising support for President Buhari under the All Nigerian People’s Party, ANPP in his first attempt at the presidency.

Speaking on his philanthropic activities, Saliu said his generosity was not borne out of political ambition but the need to adhere to the injunction of the holy Qur’an.

He, thereby, added that he wants to remembered as a man who has contributed immensely to the society.

Mustapha clarified that legislative burdens transcend spending spree, therefore, vowed to do his level best to sponsor bills that will bring meaningful reforms and impacts upon his constituents and Nigerians if elected in the forthcoming general elections.

He, however, downplayed insinuation of an overture with the People’s Democratic Party, (PDP).

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