Kwara State Governor AbdulRahman AbdulRazaq on Tuesday asked the people of the state to see the comeback bid of a PDP government as another plot to draw back the state after it has been placed on a right footing by the APC-led government.
Fidel Info reports that the Governor spoke in Ilorin, the state capital, at the commissioning of an office donated by the former KWASSIP General Manager Mohammed Brimah for the use of APC Campaign Council in the state.
“As you could all notice, those selfish politicians who ruined this state are plotting their comeback. Don’t mind them, they are shameless. Kwarans should not give them a chance to come back because their mission to regain power is nothing but to reverse the progress of the state,” he said.
“Like I once said, the PDP’s comeback bid can be likened to the people who, after abusing a rented apartment and another occupant had cleansed their mess, now attemp to occupy the same house again. Will you allow them to come back?, ” AbdulRazaq queried, drawing a thundering “no” from the large crowd.
“These people have nothing substantive to offer the state after ruling for 20 years with little or nothing to show for it. Some of the projects they even claimed to have executed are not theirs. We found out that those projects were rather funded by the federal government. As at last month, one of the contractors that they owed money wrote to us to remind the state government of the outstanding debt.”
AbdulRazaq asked citizens to disregard the purported innocence of the dislodged sarakites on the Offa bank robbery, saying the lingering delay in getting justice does not represent their being vindicated.
AbdulRazaq said the PDP’s government in the state was dubious in the handling of the matter, saying his administration had to review and re-file the case in court to get justice for families of the victims and Offa descendants.
“They said they had no hands in the Offa bank robbery. We are surprised. They thought Kwarans are fools. When we came in and discovered that the case enjoyed no progress in Court, we had to re-file it. The case they earlier filed in court could not have convicted anyone. They tried to protect their boys. They never included in their exhibits what is called corona report, and that was fatal to the case. Without corona report, the Court cannot convict anyone for murder. So, we had to hire a team of lawyers who reviewed and re-presented the case in Court, ” he added.
He commended Brimah for his loyalty and support for the party despite his initial bid to represent his constituents at the House of Representatives at the last primaries.
AbdulRazaq acknowledged Brimah’s brilliance and how he pioneered the state safety nets (KWASSIP), whose excellent contributions he said account for the successes the state has continued to record.
He also commended Yahaya Seriki for being loyal to the party and his present leadership role, adding that other members of the campaign council will soon be announced.
The event was well-attended by cabinet members and other officials of government; APC candidates and leaders from Ilorin East and South; and party supporters.
Director General State APC Campaign Council Alhaji Abdulfatai Yahaya Seriki, for his part, said Governor AbdulRazaq was a sincere leader who not only leads by example but also gives everyone their due.
He urged all party stalwarts and the entire citizens to always reflect on the systemic failure of the PDP-led government in the state, and what is obtainable at the present, asking them to give AbdulRazaq another four years in the saddle.
Brimah, in his remarks, said he donated the office to further refute his rumored defection from APC and to reiterate that he was solidly behind Governor AbdulRazaq at all time.
He tasked APC supporters to work hard in their door to door campaigns and ensure that the re-election bid of Governor AbdulRazaq and other APC candidates is realised.
APC Gives Fresh Appointments To Bisi Akande, Gbajabiamila, Indimi, Abdulsamad Rabiu, Others (Full List)
The ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) has named some of its stalwarts as chairmen and members of its standing committees.
According to a statement signed by the party’s National Secretary, Senator Ajibola Basiru, the listed names were appointed into Standing Committees on Establishment, Finance, Publicity, Intergovernmental, Conflict and Reconciliation.
Fedelinfo reports that some of those named include Chief Bisi Akande who chairs the Conflict and Reconciliation Committee with Aminu Masari as the deputy chairman and Nkem Okeke as the secretary.
Similarly, Uguru Matthew Ofoke was named as the chairman of the APC Finance Committee while members include the Chairman and founder of BUA Cement, Abdulsamad Rabiu, chairman of Oriental Energy Resources, Mohammed Indimi; Chairman of Bet9ja, Kunle Soname; Tein Jack Rich and others.
Senate President, Godswill Akpabio; Speaker, House of Representatives, Tajudeen Abbas; Minister of Finance and Co-ordinating Minister for the Economy, Wale Edun; Governor Hope Uzodimma; James Faleke, Solomon Adeola, and Femi Pedro were also listed as members of the finance committee.
The Publicity Committee is chaired by Felix Morka while Minister of Information and Strategy, Muhammad Idris; Special Adviser on Information and Strategy to the President, Bayo Onanuga, among others are members of the committee.
The statement said the Standing Committees would be inaugurated on Wednesday, 6 December, 2023 at the APC National Secretariat, Abuja
KWSG Kicks Against Street Begging Says, roaming of mentally challenged persons, socially appalling
The Kwara state Government in its concerted effort to rid the state of all societal menace and vices, has described begging and roaming the streets by people with mental challenges as condemnable and socially appalling.
This was expressed by the Commissioner for Social Development, Hon. Opeyemi Oluwakemi Afolashade during the recently concluded general evacuation exercise carried out by the Ministry within the State capital.
Hon. Afolashade lamented the menace of persistent street begging regarded as a viable business venture among some people, despite a series of dialogue, media sensitisation, and numerous social interventions of the government to the physically challenged and vulnerable in the State.
“The evacuation exercise is part of the Ministry’s responsibilities and a means to further ensure that the society is cleansed from any form of societal menace, thereby promoting environmental hygiene and values for the state”, the Commissioner emphasized.
She explained further that Kwara State would not condone street begging as it is against the law of the state; depicts laziness, while the roaming of mentally challenged persons also pose serious danger to the society.
Hon. Afolashade, during the excercise, reiterated that the exercise would be continuous, adding that the Ministry would no longer take the menace with levity, warning all those involved to desist or be ready to face the wrath of law.
Meanwhile, in the course of the exercise, there were resistance and physical assaults on the officers of the Ministry, but Officers of the Civil Defense were on ground to restore normalcy.
The Commissioner thus appreciated the pro-activeness and expertise demonstrated by the officers during the exercise while seeking the Corps continued support in subsequent assignments.
The evacuation team toured the Post Office/Taiwo-Isale, Tipper garage , Challenge/Unity road and Challenge/GRA axis of the State capital and evacuated no fewer than 88 mentally challenged persons and beggars who were taken to one of the Ministry’s Rehabilitation homes for treatment, prosecution and possible repatriation.
Aiyedatiwa to preside over Ondo Exco meeting Thursday
Peace may be returning to the Ondo State Executive Council as it holds its meeting today in Akure, the state capital, after three months.
Deputy Governor Lucky Aiyedatiwa will preside over the meeting, which is the first since the warring camps endorsed a peace deal at a reconciliation meeting hosted in Abuja by President Bola Ahmed Tinubu at the weekend.
However, some elite are kicking against the resolution that the deputy governor should submit an undated letter of resignation.
Commissioner for Information and Orientation Bamidele Ademola-Olateju, who confirmed the scheduled meeting, said the deputy governor will preside as vice chairman.
But, the commissioner could not confirm to reporters last night whether Aiyedatiwa has returned to Akure, although sources hinted that he had returned from Abuja where he spent some weeks while battling to starve off the impeachment proceedings by the House of Assembly.
He got a reprieve at the peace meeting where the House of Assembly was directed to drop the impeachment plan.
A source said: “Exco meeting will be held about three months after the last meeting was held in Ibadan, presided over by Governor Rotimi Akeredolu, when he returned from medical vacation in September.
“The exco meeting that will be held on Thursday (today) shows that everyone is sticking with the resolution reached with Tinubu.
“All that we are focused on is the development of Ondo State, and that should be paramount in the minds of all of us at the moment.”
A group, Concerned Elite of Ondo State, led by Dr. Olanrewaju Akeredolu, has faulted the resolution that Aiyedatiwa should sign a post-dated letter of resignation.
It also said it was unconstitutional to ask unelected political office holders to monitor elected official.
The group chided the Speaker of the Ondo Assembly, Olamide Oladiji, for reading the resolution on the floor of the Assembly, saying that President Tinubu could not have given an order that contradicted the letter and spirit of the constitution.
It also accused the Speaker of twisting facts to suit a certain interest by asserting that there was no agreement to transfer power to Aiyedatiwa.
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