Kwara APC Governorship Candidate Escapes Assassination

Kwara APC governorship candidate AbdulRahman AbdulRazaq on Sunday escaped death by the whiskers as suspected PDP thugs fired at a rally he was attending at Ode Alfa Nda area of the state capital.

AbdulRazaq, who had on Saturday begun a daring door-to-door mobilisation of voters in Ilorin, was quickly whisked away from the rally as thousands of party supporters also scampered for safety. Two persons were seriously injured by gunshots fired by the thugs at the rally and have since been taken to the hospital.

The violence occurred almost simultaneously with similar attacks on APC supporters in Ile Aiyelabegan, a household that is a spit distance from the Agbaji homestead of the Senate President Bukola Saraki.

“We condemn this brazen resort to violence. This is getting out of hand. Nigerians are urged to prevail on the Senate president to prevail on his party thugs and stalwarts to give peace a chance in Kwara. There is life after politics,” Rafiu Ajakaye, media aide to the AbdulRahman AbdulRazaq campaign organisation, said in a statement.

“We call on all the security agencies to buckle down and tame the monsters who are now terrorising everybody in not just Ilorin but everywhere in Kwara where people express their desire for freedom and life more abundant.”

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Ilorin Stands Still As APC’s AbdulRahman Leads Pro-Buhari Rally

Tens thousands of Kwara APC members and supporters placed Ilorin on a lock down for hours on Thursday as the party’s governorship candidate AbdulRahman AbdulRazaq led other candidates to mobilise voters ahead of the general election.

The rally saw thousands of locals lining the streets and mobbing the long motorcade and heavy trucks conveying the APC campaigners amid deafening shouts of O To Ge, the campaign slogan of the party which means ‘enough is enough’. The rally was also dominated by shouts of Sai Buhari. 

The campaign train took off from Fate end of the capital city and criss-crossed densely populated areas like Pata market, Gambari,  Okelele,  Abayawo, Omoda and peaked at Pakata where the candidates took turns to address the masses. 

“We are committed to end the tyranny in our state. O To Ge. We will ensure workers are paid their dues at the right time. A government that cannot account for trillions of naira of public funds cannot expect to be trusted again,” AbdulRazaq told the rally.

AbdulRazaq also laughed off a recent claim by Senate President that APC wants to make Kwara a part of the West,  dismissing it as the antic of drowning politicians hanging to any straw.

“If West means Tinubu, Bukola took Kwara to the west in 2015 when (Bola) Tinubu was leader of APC,” AbdulRazaq said.

“Their desperate attempt to incite the public against us has failed. Every student of history understands the role my father AGF AbdulRazaq SAN played in 1955 to convince the Willinks Commission on Minorities that Ilorin belonged to the northern region. Where was Saraki in those years?  Where is his sense of history?”

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Kwara’s Education Sector Deteriorates Despite Huge Govt Funding, APC Guber Candidate Says

The continued decay in Kwara education sector has again been brought to the limelight by the gubernatorial candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in the state, Mr. Abdulrahman AbdulRazaq.

A support group of the candidate called “AA4Kwara” had on Tuesday, revealed that despite the billions of naira allocated to the education sector by the opposition Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) Governor Abdulfatah Ahmed, the resources have since failed to achieved desired outcomes.

According to the group, Governor Fatai budgeted N24.1 billion to education in 2015 (representing 20% of the budget), N30.4 billion in 2016 (representing 26.2% of the budget), N29 billion in 2017 (representing 24% of the budget), and another N12.6 billion in 2018 (representing 11.8% of the entire budget), yet the sector deteriorated to a state of shame.

The support group said the survey reports on the education sector in the state was far from the state government claims about building schools, revolutionizing the sector, implementing many structural reforms & policies.

While huge funding has been allocated to the sector, the group said dilapidated and deteriotating structures are seen in almost institution of learning in the state.

It listed many abandoned projects at “Akerebiata LGEA School, Kwara Polytechnic Permanent site, another abandoned projects at Kwara Polytechnic, abandoned block of classroom at Community Secondary school, Oke-Oye Oja.

“Abandoned hostel at Sheik Abdulkudir Secondary school, uncompleted block of classroom at Kwara Poly secondary school, uncompleted block of classroom at Otefon LGEA School in Moro Local government, dilapidated Schools/classrooms in Ekiti Local Government Area of the state, and another dilapidated school structures in SHARE town of Ifelodun Government Area.”

The many dilapidated academic structures in the state has affected the quality of students been turned out by the state, the group said.

“The WAEC ratings of Kwara State performance also added more credence to the fact the present Government in Kwara state is stagnant on the way forward to chart a new course.

In 2018, WAEC rated Kwara 18th position, in 2017 it was rated same 18th position; in 2016, it was also rated 18th position. In 2015, the state was again rated 16th in 2015 and then 2014, showing no record of academic improvement from the state.

“A year ago, recall that a photo went viral on social media that showed some primary school pupils in Mancha village, Edu Local Government Area of Kwara State sleeping outside. Till today the status quo hasn’t change. it is saddening for our dear state.

“Teachers in both Primary & secondary schools are being owed more than five months salaries which have lowered their motivation to carry out their responsibilities. Few cases of death were reported among the teachers who couldn’t buy drugs for their upkeep,” the group said.

The group however noted that the APC candidate’s “objective is to deliver qualitative, affordable and accessible education for all.”

It said that Mr. AbdulRazaq has promised that his administration will tackle the problems by declaring “a state of Emergency” in the education sector at the takeoff of his administration.”

“AbdulRazaq’s resuscitation plans to revolutionize the sector are re-designing, rehabilitating & ensuring standard educational infrastructure for all Public schools in Kwara state; human resources mapping to determine the specific areas of needed specializations; ending the pilfering of funds and ensuring that allocations to the sector are appropriately applied to the last kobo; ensuring prompt payment of salaries and allowances to all teachers in public schools.

“Resuscitating the inspectorate division of the education sector; placing a premium on relevant skills, competence and professionalism in the recruitment and selection processes; pursuing a deliberate policy of training and retraining to enhance teachers’ capacity; enforcing strict compliance with the approved educational curriculum at all times, and teaching of entrepreneurship skills in secondary schools.”

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APC Sets To Take Over Power In Kwara

The Director General, Buhari Campaign Organisation, Mr Rotimi Amaechi says all is now set for the APC to take over power from the ruling party in Kwara State.

Mr Amaechi stated this while inaugurating about two thousand polling units’ canvassers for the President Buhari-Osinbajo Project, BOP in Ilorin Kwara state.

The President Buhari Campaign Organisation Director General said the large number of canvassers and mobilizers in the state was an indication that the people have realized the need for change and urged them to turn out en mass to mobilize and vote for the president in the February 16th election.

The Governorship flag bearer of the APC in the state, Alhaji Abdulrahman Abdulrazaq who called on the sitting governor Abdulfatah Ahmed to resign, assured the people that he would strengthen the security apparatus in the state if elected as governor.

The Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed charged the canvassers to ensure the President gets another four years to enable him consolidate on his achievements.

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Kwara APYF Raises Alarm Over Smear Campaign Against APC Guber Candidate

The Kwara State Chapter of the All Progressives Youth Forum (APYF), a youth group under the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC), has cried out over a propaganda video tagged ‘Ramoni Dagboru’ allegedly orchestrated by Senate President Bukola Saraki.

In a press statement signed by the State Coordinator, Tunde Salau, he noted that the video portrayed the APC gubernatorial candidate, Alhaji Abdulrahman Abdulrazak as a trouble maker following the fracas that played out at the Ilorin Emirate Descendants Progressive Union (IEDPU) conference which held recently at the Emir’s palace.

The statement partly reads:

“While a response had already been given to the false accusation that the APC candidate was responsible for what transpired at that conference, judging by the fact that it was not Abdulrahman Abdulrazak’s supporters that were booing him, throwing chairs and shouting SAI LEADER; we must however make haste to expose their latest antics of pitching the APC candidate against the Alimi dynasty and the highly revered emir of Ilorin in particular.

“It is noteworthy to observe that Dr. Bukola Saraki knows the weakness of an average Ilorin person and he has always use this to a good political advantage. He knows that an Ilorin man would never joke with anything that touches the great Alimi dynasty and the Emir, being the symbol of Ilorin culture and tradition.

“This explains why during the politics of 2007, the same Bukola Saraki claimed that the late Mohammed Alabi Lawal, then the governorship candidate of the All Nigerian Peoples Party (ANPP) has sworn to depose the emir the moment he returns as governor. It was this falsehood, initiated and promoted by Dr. Saraki, that turned many Ilorin people against the late Governor Mohammed Lawal.

“It was therefore a familiar strategy that Dr. Saraki is again deploying when he said that Alhaji Abdulrahman Abdulrazak disrespected the emir and forced him to leave the scene of the IEDPU event as a result of his ‘bad conduct’. This is vintage Dr. Saraki playing on the emotion of Ilorin people and turning them and the emir against the APC candidate. A desperate man will certainly result to all the strategies and formulas in his play book; and that is exactly what Dr. Saraki is doing.

“For 16 years, beginning from 2003 till date; Bukola Saraki has held unto the levers of power in our State without any commensurate development. A man who in 16 years could not repair dilapidated infrastructures across the State is certainly ‘Ada’luru’ (town spoiler). A man who in 16 years couldn’t fix our deathtrap of roads is the greatest spoiler of not only our city but also our dear State.

“A man who allegedly sponsored armed robbers to attack the State and still went about boasting that he refunded more than what the armed robbers stole, without sparing a thought for lost lives, is indeed the ‘ada’leru dona ru’ of Kwara State. Indeed, a man who in 16 years couldn’t provide drinkable water to the people he claimed to love is indeed not only ‘ada’lu ru’ but also ‘ota ilu’ (enemy of our State and its people).

“We know and it’s clear to us that no man who enjoys total control of a people’s commonwealth the way Saraki does will relinquish it without putting up a fiercest fight. We know the desperate Saraki will fight even more dirty and malign the character of the opposition candidates just to temporarily veil the people’s eyes with emotion and escape the scrutiny of his bad leadership over the years. But the people are smarter, and they can definitely see beyond the emotional and sentimental game Saraki is playing.

“For the record, we would like to remind Dr. Bukola Saraki that the ‘Ot’oge’ slogan of our campaign is no longer just a message; it is a resolve of the people to take their destinies in their hands this time and put an end to the selfishness of a few ruling class that have consistently abuse public trust and mandate.

“Saraki and his hangers on may keep attacking our candidate, Alhaji Abdulrahman Abdulrazak; but we tell them that they are focusing attention in the wrong place. This is not about one candidate or even a party; it is about the people. We would see how Saraki will win against the iron cast resolve of the people to free themselves from nearly two decades of slavery and servitude.”

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Don’t Play Politics With Offa Calamity, Minister Warns

The Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, has chided some political actors in Kwara State for attempting to trivialize the April 5, 2018 robbery attack in Offa that left 33 people dead, saying claims of compensating the victims in monetary terms cannot equate the lives lost in the incident.

The Minister, who made the remarks in Offa, Kwara State, on Saturday at the 2018 Ijakadi Festival, described the efforts to trivialize the dastardly act as indecent, and called on the people to condemn any attempt to play politics with human lives.

“In recent days, there have been attempts by some political desperadoes to trivialize the calamity that befell this community when
those armed robbers attacked banks and the police station, among others. These desperadoes were quoted as saying that when they visited this town to commiserate with the people after the attack, they
donated 10 million Naira, even when what was stolen from the banks’ vault was 7 million Naira.

”Now, let us ask them: How many of those who were killed in that attack have they also been able to bring back? How
can any sane person equate human life with money? No amount of money is worth any human life. And no one should play politics with human life. All people of conscience must condemn this glib comment by a
desperate political warlord,” he said.

Alhaji Mohammed commended the resilience of the people of Offa for organizing such an elaborate festival, despite the calamity that befell their community this year, saying it is not surprising because Ijakadi festival itself is a celebration of the Offa virtues of strength and determination, as well as equity, justice and wisdom.

He expressed delight that the people of Offa have resolved that never again will any armed robber, hoodlum or brigand shed the blood of any innocent person in the town by raising 700 million Naira to build an ultra modern Mobile Police Force Barracks in the community.

The Minister said in keeping with the mandate of the Federal Ministry of Information and Culture to develop and promote national festivals, a manager of the Ijakadi Festival has been nominated to attend a training on festival management in Ghana.

“In line with our promise during the 2017 Ijakadi Festival, to help train the managers of this festival, I am happy to announce that come January 2019, a manager of the Ijakadi Festival will be travelling to Ghana to attend the training which is being organized by the Ministry in collaboration with the British Council. I congratulate the nominee and I am sure he or she will make the best use
of this opportunity,” he said.

In his remarks, the Olofa of Offa, Oba Mufutau Gbadamosi Esuwoye II, said the Ijakadi Festival is aimed at sustaining the cultural heritage of the people and fostering cohesion in Offa community and its environs.

“Today, the Ijakadi Festival has, of course, attracted national attention, corporate bodies and government at all levels. Without any iota of doubt, this festival has brought development and benefits to Offa Community,” he said.

Highlights of the Ijikadi Festival include the traditional wrestling, homage to the Oba by the various districts, horse racing, hairdo and traditional attire display, as well as Moremi showpiece.

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Rid Kwara of Criminals, Minister Charges Police

The Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, has called on the Nigeria Police Force to redouble its effort towards ridding Kwara State of criminals and miscreants.

The Minister, who made the call at the commissioning of an ultra-modern Mobile Police Barracks built by the Offa Community in Kwara State on Thursday, said recent events have shown that hoodlums and miscreants are still very much active in the state.
“With what Offa people have done today, they have given you (the police) the necessary support to rid not just Offa but the entire Kwara State of hoodlums, cultists, armed robbers and all undesirables.

“This is a call to duty and I want to call on the police in Kwara State to redouble their effort in ensuring that Kwara State is safe for all,” he said, adding that this was necessary to create a secure and peaceful atmosphere for development to thrive in the state.

“Those who witnessed what happened a few days ago in the state will agree with me that cultists, hoodlums, hooligans and brigands arestill very much active in Kwara State,” he said.

Alhaji Mohammed said it has become expedient for the police to act now and secure the environment, especially in the run-up to the 2019 general elections.

“You must please ensure that every citizen of this state is free to cast his vote and that his vote will not only be counted but his vote will count, and the only way you can assure us of this is by ensuring that you rid the state of all criminal elements before elections,” he The Minister commended the Offa community for providing a befitting
barracks for the Mobile Police Force in the town, in view of the series of robberies in the area, especially the April 5, 2018 attack that left 33 people dead.

In his remarks, the Inspector General of Police, who was represented by the Commissioner of Police in charge of Mobile Police, Mr. Lawal Jimeta, said the Squadron Base was strategically located to check violent crime in Offa and the adjourning states of Ekiti, Osun and Kogi.

Also speaking, the Olofa of Offa, Oba Mufutau Gbadamosi, said the community spent N700 million to build the Mobile Police Barracks within six months.

The barracks boasts of one 3-bedroom and 44 two-bedroom flats, as well as an Administrative block, an Armoury, a Guard House and a Communication Room, among other facilities.
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FG Urges Police To Protect Citizens In Kwara

The federal government has urged the Nigeria Police Force to redouble their effort and ensure protection of lives and property in Kwara state.

Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, made the call at the official inauguration of the Ultra Modern Mobile Police Barrack built by Offa Community and donated to the Nigeria Police, along Ojoku road in Offa Local government area of the state.

The Minister urged the police to ensure better security in the state and environs.

He advised that the robbery incident should not be allowed to occur in the communities.

The governor of Kwara State, Alhaji  Abdulfatah Ahmed who was represented by his special adviser on security , Alhaji  Hamza  Bello assured the people that his administration would continue to provide necessary logistics to ensure adequate security of lives and property.

In a  remarks, the Inspector General of Police, Alhaji  Ibrahim Idris, represented by the CP Mopol, Lawal  Jimeta gave the assurance that the Mobile Police Barracks in Offa would serve the purpose.

 

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Kwara APC Gov Candidate Wants Thugs Who Disrupted IEDPU Event Arrested

The governorship candidate of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) in Kwara State, Alhaji Abdulrahman Abdulrazaq, has called on the police to arrests political thugs who disrupted a community event by the Ilorin Emirate Descendants Progressive Union (IEDPU) in the state capital.

A statement issued by his campaign team alleged that the thugs disrupted the programme when Abdulrazaq was about to speak at the event, adding that adding that it should be seen as a sign of what to expect in the coming weeks.

The statement read: “The development at the IEDPU programme where some touts and street urchins shouting ‘Sai Bukky’ disrupted a community event is disappointing, embarrassing and antithetical to good moral and ethics for which Ilorin community is known.

“Apart from reminding everyone of the desperation for which the evil status quo in Kwara is known, the sad event clearly points at the extent to which the parasitic gangs will go in the coming months to continue to keep Kwara and its people down.

“The disruption of the event just when the Kwara APC governorship candidate AbdulRahman AbdulRazaq was about to give his speech exposed the shenanigans of the urchins and their paymasters whose uninspiring radio programme earlier in the day has drawn the scorn and condemnation of every Kwaran home and abroad. The disruption was probably a damage control for their insulting radio programme.”

The campaign team alleged that the intention was to damage the good image of the APC candidate and “slow down the tsunami that is already consuming their unproductive political fiefdom in Kwara.”

It however said that: “they clearly failed in their evil plot as their thugs — similar to what they did in Offa where their ankara wears betrayed their allegiance — were too crude to conceal the fact that they were on an errand to attack AbdulRazaq and make it look like the fine gentleman was going about with thugs.”

“Like a cobra fighting for its life, everybody knows that they have since lost the battle of ideas and are unabashedly desperate to wrestle in the mud to survive. It is too late. The people of Kwara are saying ‘Otoge’ — enough is enough.

“We will not wrestle with the pigs. We won’t fall for their gutter politics. We are for decent debate, even as we mobilise the people of Kwara to end the years of tyranny and corruption.”

The campaign team further stated: “Regardless, we wish to state that we are bona fide member of not just Ilorin Emirate but Kwara State and we won’t watch while some political merchants who have no real stake in Kwara deploy their sidekicks and thugs to unleash violence on our people.

“We will ensure that the characters who disrupted the IEDPU for political reasons are arrested and made to face the full weight of the law. We call on the police and other security agencies to be alive to their constitutional duties and bring those characters to book.

“The development is a red flag and should be nipped in the bud. We believe our security agencies are competent enough to ensure that people who don’t conform to basic ethics of proper behaviour in public space are made to account for their deeds.”

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5,000 Defect From PDP, Others, To APC In Kwara

No fewer than 5,000 people from different parties in Kwara State South Senatorial District on Saturday defected to the All Progressives Congress at a rally in Omu-Aran, Kwara, the News Agency of Nigeria reports.

The defectors, majorly from the Peoples Democratic Party were received and presented with their membership cards at the APC campaign flag-off in respect of Ekiti/Irepodun/Isin/Oke-Ero Federal Constituency in the 2019 general elections.

The leaders of the new members, in their separate remarks at the event, expressed their commitment and readiness to contribute their quota toward ensuring the party’s victory at the poll.

According to them, only the APC at all levels of governance could help to actualise their yearnings and aspirations.

Dr Seyi Adigun, a PDP chieftain and defector from Ajase Ward 2 in Irepodun Local Government Area, in a remark, said every reasonable politician must be firm in taking positive decisions concerning his or her political career.

Adigun, presently a Board member, Kwara State School of Nursing, Oke-Ode, who claimed to represent over 1,500 members, said he was convinced that the APC truly represented the best interest of Nigeria and Nigerians.

“Any reasonable person or politician must know the right time to stay or quit and as far as I’m concerned the APC by every standard represents the best interest of Nigerian people.

“I have the conviction that in any free, fair and credible election in Nigeria like the recently concluded bye-election in the state, the APC will always come out victorious,’’ he said.

Also, Mr Dare Bamkole, a leader of the defectors from Oke-Ero Local Government Area and a former Special Assistant on Sports to Governor Abdulfatah Ahmed, said their defection was informed by APC’s overwhelming and people-oriented manifestos.

Mr Bashir Bolarinwa, the state APC Chairman, while receiving the decampees, said he remained the party’s authentic chairman in the state irrespective, of a recent High Court judgment nullifying the party’s state executive.

Bolarinwa urged the new members to be dedicated to the party’s principles and ideals, saying the challenges ahead required more commitment and sacrifice.

“What is important to us is that none of our party members should lose sleep over such a judgment.

“I want to make it also clear that all our candidates for the 2019 general elections remained intact and that I Bashir Bolarinwa remained the authentic chairman of APC in Kwara State,” he said.

Rep. Raheem Olawuyi, the recently sworn-in lawmaker, representing  Ekiti/Irepodun/Isin/Oke-Ero Federal Constituency and also the party’s candidate for the same slot in 2019 general elections, was optimistic of his victory at the poll.

He promised that his present and future representation would help to accelerate the desired socio-economic development of the constituency.

“We still stand by our promise to the electorate before our victory in the last bye-election that we are going to do things differently as a way of impacting our people positively.”

NAN reports that the campaign witnessed large attendance of party members and leaders across the four councils in the constituency and beyond.

(NAN)

 

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2019: Kwara Commissioner Of Police Cautions Politicians Against Vote Buying, Hate Speech

As the country prepares for the 2019 general elections, the newly posted Commissioner of Police to Kwara State, Bashir Makama, has cautioned politicians in the state against vote buying, hate speech, use of political thugs, and electoral violence.

Makama, who stated this while meeting with journalists at the State Police Command for his maiden news briefing, expressed readiness to curb crime.

The Police chief, who had served in various capacities before his posting to Kwara State, said he is in the state to curb crime and ensure the security of lives and property.

He also sought the collaboration of the media to guard against vote buying, hate speech, illegal gatherings, and electoral violence.

Makama advised politicians to obey the rules of the game and adhere to laws that guide political processes.

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Thugs Allegedly Loyal To Saraki Invade Kwara Revenue House Over Unpaid Allowances

Suspected thugs allegedly loyal to the Senate President, Bukola Saraki, Wednesday, invaded the Kwara State Internally Generated Revenue office located at Commissioner’s Lodge Way in Ilorin, over their unpaid allowances.

According to a Twitter user with the handle @YAN_Lade the thugs popularly known as “GOOD BOYS” laid siege on the premises of the revenue agency till some undisclosed amounts of money was released for payment.

Recall that thugs wearing ‘PDP Atikulated T-shirts,’ and also reportedly loyal to Senate President Saraki, recently disrupted the federal government’s Trader Moni Scheme in Ilorin, the state capital.

The hoodlums stormed the Mandate and Ipata Market where petty traders had queued up to be enumerated by officials of the Bank of Industry (BOI) to disburse the N10,000 collateral free loans to them. Aside intimidating the traders, Trader Moni agents were also chased away by the thugs

The thugs insisted that the TraderMoni scheme could not be conducted, because the Senate President Bukola Saraki’s father donated the land to the state government to build the market. Calm was restored with the intervention of the police.

See pictures below:

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