*Ilorin* : The annual Ilorin Durbar festival which has become a political rally point over the years, has been cancelled by the Kwara State Government, ostensibly for security reasons.
However, feelers gotten by hoo!haa!! News indicate that the Durbar’s cancellation is part of political intrigues ongoing in the state, in the build up to the 2023 Gubernatioral election.
The Durbar festival which politicians use to test their popularity in Ilorin, the state capital of Kwara State since its rejuvenation in 2018 was cancelled by the state government, acting on intelligence report.
However, according to a reliable source, it was cancelled for political reasons, not security reasons, as earlier claimed by the State Government.
Senator Bukola Saraki, Former Senate President and former Governor of the state had been moving across some parts of the state for a couple of days. On the July 17th, he was at Patigi where he visited the family of the Late Emir Chatta Umar and also visited the Ahman Pategi University, Patigi, which is located in Kwara North.
Kwara North will be strategic in the 2023 election, as the senatorial district has not produced a governor since the nation’s return to democracy.
The zone can either wait for governor AbdulRahman to finish his two terms, or go along with Saraki.
He was also at the house of the family of Late Balogun Alanamu, Abubakar Akanbi, where he paid condolence visit over the passing away of the Late Balogun.
People in the state see these moves by the former governor, as part of the move to regain his position as the godfather of the state.
Meanwhile, the State Governor, Abdulrahman Abdulrazaq is fighting the battle of his life having both Saraki and Alh. Lai Mohammed, the Minister of Information to contend with.