By Kayode Abdulazeez
Former special adviser to Governor AbdulRahman AbdulRazaq, Architect Kale Belgore, yesterday declared his intention to be the next Governor of Kwara state under the banner of Social Democratic Party (SDP).
Belgore, made the official declaration at the SDP, secretariat, Ilorin said he had garnered enough experiences politically and administratively to guide him as Governor, and he will tap from the legacy of good relationships he had established across the length and breadth of the state.
“My ambition is Pan Kwara agenda, built on the concept of unity in diversity, I intend to collaborate with my fellow party people to run a government of inclusiveness, not only with the party but with Kwarans and anyone who desires to contribute to the development of state of harmony.
“I dare to set a new standard and activate the material potential as well as the human capacity of the people of Kwara. This I believe we can achieve together.
“As part of my vision, I intend as Governor of Kwara state to strengthen the capacity in the civil service, we all know that Kwara civil service was one of the bedrock of Northern Civil Service and is one of the most respected in Nigeria at moment.
“We also know that Kwara has 72% of landmass which is cultivatable and not used at moment, I intend to collaborate with the private sector on Agric value chain, with particular emphasis on the rice and sugar berth of the Nupe speaking part of Kwara and on the expanse of land in Baruteen and Kaiama area, specifically it’s my idea that we would have a master plan for Lafiagi for example with over 300 million dollars investment ongoing by BUA, we intend to have a master plan of that community and similar ones”
Belgore, who was one of the kitchen cabinet of Governor AbdulRahman AbdulRazaq at the beginning of this administration and served as a special adviser ‘counsellor’ stated that he would base his campaign on issues, not personality.
He further stated that as an Architect he will facilitate investment in housing and give chance to competent people to run an effective local government administration if elected as Governor under the banner of SDP.
Welcoming Belgore ambition, Kwara state chairman of SDP, Abdulazeez Afolabi, represented by the party vice-chairman, North, Ndanusa Tsado, said “we formally accept your declaration. We urge every one of you as aspirants to sit down together and draw a template that will give us a rancour-free selection of the party candidates at various levels, particularly gubernatorial”