Kwara South calls for review of existing political structure
PEOPLE of the Kwara South senatorial district, comprising Igbomina, Ibolo and Ekiti axis of Kwara state, under the aegis of Aaro Meta organisation, have called for a review of the political situation in the state over perceived political losses in last 20 years.
Speaking at a one-day political summit, tagged, From Progress to Oblivion: critical examination of Kwara south in Omu Aran at the weekend, chairman of the organisation, Chief Samuel Daramola, lamented alleged political irregularities in the existing structure in the state, saying that the situation had affected development in the area.
Chief Daramola, who said that Kwara South senatorial district had 10 seats in the state House of Assembly since 1979, added that Baruten/Kaiama local governments with one state House of Assembly seat in 1979 now has four seats.
The group, which said that only real change in the political structure in the state could correct the situation, added that the senatorial district with three members of the federal House of Representatives in 1979 has only two by 1999.
"Our neighbour, then Oyi now in Kogi state with four state Assembly seats now has five state Assembly seats and one federal House member in 1979 now has two federal House members since 1999", he said.
He said that mission of the group was to ensure that all elected and appointed representatives from the area in the next elections were true representatives if the people, "who will be answerable to the people, who will have their people as the point of reference and then who will fight for the need of their people".
Chief Daramola, who called for unity among the people, said that the clamour for change could only be achieved when done under one political party platform.
In his paper, titled, Politics yesterday, today and tomorrow, at the occasion, chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party PDP in the state, Akogun Iyiola Oyedepo, called for timely political intervention in perceived years of misgovernment in the state.
"Think of it: land of Kwara south is left fallow, continuously drained of economic activities, there is rural urban migration that leaves us empty, the vibrant young ones turn their back against their fatherland, and it looks like a land without future and hope", he said, challenging members of the organisation on assignment at hand.