The Kwara governor decamped from the APC to the PDP in July

Kwara state governor Abdulfatah Ahmed has emerged as the candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) for Kwara South Senatorial District for the 2019 general election.

The governor defeated a serving Senator Rafiu Ibrahim in the party’s primary election on Thursday.

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”I am highly pleased by my affirmation as the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) candidate for Kwara South Senatorial District in the 2019 general elections,” the governor said in a statement.

He added that the victory belonged to the political family as he thanked Senate President Bukola Saraki, stakeholders, party elders and officials at all levels, supporters and all the good people of Kwara South and indeed Kwara State for this victory.

“I salute my brother, distinguished Sen. Rafiu Ibrahim for his support, maturity, gallantry and sportsmanship in the run-up to this victory.

“Sen. Ibrahim has demonstrated his loyalty to our political family and has a bright political future ahead of him.

“I must also commend my brother, Mr Gbenga Makanjuola for running a good race. It was all in a quest for service.

“Finally, I call on members of our great party, PDP, nationwide to nominate distinguished Sen. Abubakar Bukola Saraki, as our party’s presidential candidate in the forthcoming 2019 elections,” he said.

Ahmed is one of three governors who joined the PDP from the All Progressives Congress (APC) in July. The others are Benue governor Samuel Ortom and his Sokoto equivalent, Aminu Tambuwal.