— as party knocks Saraki for playing victim’s card
Kwara APC governorship candidate AbdulRahman AbdulRazaq at the weekend embarked on a snap door-to-door mobilisation of voters in the state capital Ilorin, pledging to ensure people’s welfare takes the front seat if he is elected.
AbdulRazaq had attended a programme organised by one of his support groups in Karatu Alanamu ward in the state capital when he suddenly alighted from his vehicle and began a shop-to-shop mobilisation of voters on the street.
“We appeal to you to vote us and we will never disappoint you. We share your aspirations and frustration and we join you to say O To Ge (enough is enough),” he said, as he exited an automobile kiosk in the sprawling Adabata area of the ancient town.
The AbdulRahman AbdulRazaq Governorship Campaign Organisation, meanwhile, has called on the Kwara State government to stop its purported bid to pull down the APC billboards, saying however that the O To Ge movement had long been ingrained in the consciousness of the people of the state.
It insisted that the billboards were erected after all legal procedures had been followed and that the excuses by the government that they constituted environmental hazards were mere afterthoughts.
“We call attention to the fact that this is a state government under the control of Senator Bukola Saraki who shouts ‘democracy is under threat’ each time he or his lackeys are called to account for their conducts. The only time democracy is being threatened is when his excesses are checked by law enforcement agencies! Democracy is safe and good when his goons go after opposition in Kwara or when he suspends fellow lawmakers who disagree with him,” Rafiu Ajakaye, media aide to the governorship candidate, said in a statement on Saturday.
The campaign organisation also knocked senator Bukola Saraki for allegedly playing a victim card with his recent press conference in which he accused the police of haunting him and his supporters.
The statement said a careful look at the political history of Kwara would suggest that Saraki was only crying wolf to draw attention away from the violent nature of his politics from 2003.
“Kwara State Governor Abdulfattah Ahmed should stop exposing himself to public ridicule. We challenge him to tell his boss Sen Bukola Saraki to first initiate a bill in the Senate to declare all political billboards in the Federal Capital Territory and indeed Nigeria an environmental menace,” the statement added.