The gubernatorial candidate of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) in Kwara State, Mr. AbdulRahman AbdulRazaq, on Sunday said the current political model in the state stifles development and deliberately keeps the people poor.
“The current political model (controlled by Senator Bukoka Saraki) has impoverished our people. It has no answer to the challenges faced by our people. Nothing is happening anywhere in terms of development,” AbdulRazaq told thousands of Kwarans at a conference held in his honour in Lagos.
Organised by the Kwarans in Lagos, an adhoc amalgam body of all the indigenes of the state in Lagos and its environs, the confab was attended by top business moguls, ace musicians, top afademics politicians, and artisans who hailed from the state.
Some of the attendees included House of Representatives member Tunji Olawuyi; Muhammad Dele Belgore (SAN); Barrister Kunle Suleiman; Senator Khairat Gwadabe; former information commissioner AbdulRaheem Adedoyin; former House of Assembly member Saheed Popoola; ace musicians Wasiu Sodiq; Ibrahim Labaeka; top politician Musibau Eshinrogunjo; popular actor Saheed Balogun, among others.
AbdulRazaq urged indigenes of the state in the diaspora to support the efforts back home to end the decades of ‘misgovernance, corruption and dynasty rule’.
He called on the Kwara community in Lagos to mobilise support for APC back home in Kwara in the coming polls.
“Their political model is such that no development is taking place anywhere in our state. It is killing the system. No industries. No infrastructure and that naturally stifles development,” AbdulRazaq lamented.
“When you don’t have a thriving economy partly because you lack the infrastructure to support economic growth, then it is natural that your revenue will be low. We are challenging them on these issues. But they don’t have answers to our challenge and that’s why they have resorted to violence.Counci funds are diverted and that kills development at the grassroots.
“What is happening back home is simply intolerable. Our people are listening to our message and they have keyed into it. But we also want you to call your brothers and sisters on why we need to save Kwara before it is too late. Let us come home to vote. We will invest in our people. We will invest heavily in SMEs. I’m from the private sector. I can drive development. We plan to give jobs to the youth. We have plan to develop the state.”
Belgore called on Kwarans in the diaspora to mobilise their families back home to vote.
“We have no doubt that we have had enough. But this is not enough to get our candidate elected. You must all votes and mobilise members of your families and friends to vote,” he said.
Coordinator Kwarans in Lagos Abdul Muyideen Akorede said time has come to “end the tyranny in Kwara and we are hereby pledging our support for this movement. Enough is enough.”
Barrister Suleiman said the Saraki’s political dynasty has entrenched itself using security apparatuses, violence, money and other state institutions.
“We appeal to him to let us compete on the basis of ideas. He should call his thugs to order. We don’t want violence,” he said.