•Senator Lola Ashiru
Deputy Senate Leader the and senator representing Kwara South senatorial district in the National Assembly, Senator Lola Ashiru, has said that zoning arrangements will not be considered in the 2027 governorship race in the state.
Speaking with journalists in his Offa country home today, Senator Ashiru, who is also a stalwart of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) in Kwara state, said that governorship position would be contested among all the three zones in the state for next election, reports Daily Independent.
He added that zoning arrangements had never been a consideration in selection of governorship candidates in the state.
It can be recalled that there has been agitation on where the next governorship candidate should come from come 2027 in the APC, considering the fact that both the Kwara South and Kwara Central had occupied the seat in the last 25 years.
“Governorship is never zoned in Kwara state. Anybody who wants to become a governor must be prepared to work hard and campaign hard to convince people for people to vote for him or her.
“While I sympathize with the Kwara North that it’s been long time, aside from the time of Governor Shabba Lafiagi who’s from the Kwara North.
“Lafiagi was not given governorship of Kwara state on zoning.
“He fought, worked hard and campaigned for it.
“He bargained for it. You can’t tell me to vote for you if you don’t come to me. And I’ll ask you what is there for my community.
“Any of the governorship aspirants that comes to me, I’ll ask him what’s on the table for my community.
“This is about negotiation, bargain, politics.
“Positions are never zoned. There’s nowhere we’ve zoned the position of governorship,” he said.