Kwara 2019 Race: Dele Belgore Turns Down MM Overture

The 2019 governorship ambition of former member of House of Representatives, Hon. Moshood Mustapha suffered another setback after former governorship candidate of the Action Congress of Nigeria (ACN), Mohammed Dele Belgore bluntly told him he will not back his plans to become the next governor of Kwara State.

Moshood Mustapha, who is widely known as MM by his followers was said to have visited Belgore at his Lagos residence alongside Alhaji Rasak Lawal and a former commissioner in the state to solicit support ahead of 2019 elections.

The trip to Lagos was said to have been embarked upon few days after the alleged resignation of Mustapha as the Special Adviser on Inter-Parliamentary Affairs to the Senate President, Dr Bukola Saraki.

MM has reportedly vowed to contest the governorship ticket with or without the support of his former boss who he had worked with for over a decade.

Besides, the development is coming on the heels of an alleged disagreement with his younger brother and Chairman of Sobi FM, Lukman Mustapha over who’ll likely pick the ticket of the opposition party in the 2019 race.

This medium gathered that Mustapha in his bid to present a formidable opposition to challenge the Saraki dynasty approached Belgore for collaborative efforts to dislodge the preferred candidate of the ruling party for the contest come 2019.

But Belgore, according to findings rejected the move by telling Mustapha to “carry his cross” adding that he would not be a party to the request.

It was learnt that Belgore queried the rationale behind the approach and asked MM the role he played when he (Belgore) contested the position of governor in 2011 against the incumbent governor, Alhaji Abdulfatah Ahmed who was the anointed candidate of Saraki.

The source learnt that though Belgore’s reaction surprised and jolted Mustapha, he however remained resolute to fight on by exploiting other options open to him on the ‘2019 project’.

Although Belgore is still a member of the PDP and a major contender for the top seat come 2019, Mustapha’s imminent defection from the APC to join the opposition party dominated political discourse lately.

Another source who spoke on the matter said but for the latest development which has reportedly kept the former immigration staff busy with “consultations” among his coordinators and across the PDP, MM was said to have initially fixed his official declaration in an elaborate ceremony in the state, for last Saturday.

“But Belgore rejected the overtures and queried where Mustapha was when he fought Saraki then.

“Moreover, Belgore told him that he (Mustapha) benefited a lot from Saraki as commissioner in various ministries in the state including his children who the Senate President araki helped secure juicy employments at CBN and NNPC.

“Belgore also asked MM that when he was acquiring landed property, consistently travelling abroad and building houses from one street to another, he never said Saraki was not a ‘good man’.

“He bluntly told MM to carry his ‘cross alone’ and to look for his accomplice elsewhere instead of dragging him into his ambition. Belgore added that he was not prepared to team up with MM or anyone to fight Saraki,” the source divulged.
Source: National Pilot

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