AbdulRazaq Slams Kwara Gov Over Comments On LG Administration
Kwara APC governorship candidate AbdulRahman AbdulRazaq on Sunday faulted claims by the state governor Abdulfatai Ahmed that President Muhammadu Buhari was responsible for the poverty and underdevelopment in the grassroots.
Ahmed had at a campaign stop in Isin local government last weekend blamed widespread poverty in the grassroots on the Buhari administration.
But media aide to the AbdulRahman AbdulRazaq Governorship Campaign Organization Rafiu Ajakaye said poverty and underdevelopment in the grassroots in Kwara are as a result of unrelenting diversion of local government funds by the state government under Ahmed.
“The truth is that the governor and his political leader Bukola Saraki conditioned our people to poverty and underdevelopment, not Buhari. They crippled the local government with repeated diversion of local government funds to some questionable joint accounts,” the campaign organisation said in a statement.
“We recall that protests by some local government chairmen including Dele Abiodun of Ekiti and Engineer Ajimati of Oyun local governments against this evil diversion of council funds was met with unlawful, Gestapo-like dismissal and it took the erudition of their Lordships of the appeals court/supreme courts to reverse this gangsterism.
“Today, our local councils are unable to serve the grassroots, execute any projects or pay salaries because of this continued diversion of their funds by the Kwara state government. How is Buhari guilty of this? Has Buhari ever withheld funds to any of these councils? If not, on what basis can anyone accuse him of impoverishing the grassroots?
“The governor’s statement was a dubious yet failed attempt to deceive the public on the true state of the situation and this is both irresponsible and devilish. It exposes the governor and his bosses as politicians who exploit people’s lack of access to basic education and information, which they systematically perpetuate, to lie over issues of governance.
“We assure the governor that there is nothing he or his party will say to save them from imminent defeat at the polls because Nigerians are aware that the president is a man who has not discriminated against any state in the running of his government, unlike one of their patrons who ran his administration based on vendetta and childish politicking of allocation of state resources.”