The All Progressives Congress, APC in Oyo State, has described the killing of not more than 20 residents of Igangan in Ibarapaland by some suspected Fulani hardsmen, as one mayhem too many, berating the state government of failing to nip the festering challenges of insecurity in the bud.
The party, in a statement on Sunday, issued by its caretaker Publicity Secretary, Dr. Abdul-Azeez Olatunde, queried the essence of the monthly security vote being collected by the governor, which APC said, Makinde could not channel towards securing the lives and property of residents and indigenes of Ibarapaland effectively.
The statement added: “For how long should Gov Seyi Makinde continue his buck passing?”
“What is the essence of the monthly security vote our governor collects if it could not be channeled towards securing the lives and property of the residents and indigenes of Oyo State?”
“Obviously and certainly, the current situation of Oyo State was not what was the government of Engr Seyi Makind and PDP took over from APC government of Sen Abiola Ajimobi in 2019.”
“APC Oyo State won’t stop to advise the Government of Engr Seyi Makimde Governor of Oyo State to be proactive and stop playing lip service and politicking with the security issues of Oyo State.”
“The excuse of general security issues has been with us in Nigeria since 2009 even before the tenure of the then ACN Government led by Sen Abiola Ajimobi took over the mantle of governance in 2011, but despite that secured Oyo State people’s lives and property which was the major reason Sen Abiola Ajimobi was the first Governor of Oyo State to be appreciated with appreciation awards right, left and center after his tenure.”
“Retrospectively, all governments would always have it’s own challenges but failure to nip the festering challenges in the bud is what differentiate failed government as being witnessed in Oyo State under Engr Seyi Makinde from what obtained under APC government of Sen Abiola Ajimobi whose number one achievement for its 8 years tenure was security of lives and property.”
“Whenever PDP government is shown its failed score card on security, they would always pass the buck by deflecting away with excuse as if it requires rocket science formulae to secure lives and property.”
“Finally, we urge Gov Seyi Makinde to call a security summit in order to find lasting solutions to the security challenges facing us in Oyo State and forget the rhetorics of having Amotekun and Operation Burst that have shown to be ineffective so far because it is obvious that there are security lapses all over Oyo State, at least the governor recently admitted the carnage that occurred in Eruwa, Ibarapa East during the OYSIEC LG election of Saturday May 22, 2021.”
“Imagine the palace of Asigangan of Igangan, many innocent lives and properties like houses and fuel filling stations and even a lot of ancient archival property lost in one fell swoop.”
“For how long shall we continue to mourn the loss of innocent lives that is avoidable,” APC lamented.
Apathy mars PDP congress in Kwara, As Prominent Members Stay-off
There was low turnout of members of the People’s Democratic Party, PDP, during the state congress held in Kwara state, today, September 25th 2021.
The internecine war within the state chapter of the party may likely be responsible for this poor turnout of party members for the congress.
Prominent among the causes of this boycott is the power play between the former President of the Senate, Dr Abubakar Bukola Saraki and a former Minister and current Director General of the National Institute for Legislative and Democratic Studies , NILDS, Prof Abubakar Sulaiman.
A group loyal to Sulaiman had in press release prior to today’s congress stated that the current executives who were elected in 2018 are expected to spend four years tenure according to the Constitution of the party, vowing to drag the party to court.
Findings show that the former Kwara political lord has received the blessings of the national leadership of the party to change the executives of the party in Kwara state and take control, a development which surprisingly is being resisted by Sulaiman, a beneficiary of Saraki’s patronage, having been assisted with his present appointment during Saraki’s reign as President of the Senate.
According to an inside source, Sulaiman had been avoiding prior political interface with Saraki, choosing to offer excuses for his absence at pressing political engagements.
Many prominent members of the party also stayed away from the Congress in apparent support for the constitutional rights of the present executives across the 16 local government areas of the state.
With this face-off, there is the likelihood of a forced takeover of the Kwara PDP by Saraki, since he enjoins the support of the national secretariat of the party.
The fate of the executives and members loyal to Sulaiman is dangling, and may be determined at a meeting to hold sometime next week in Ilorin.
AbdulRazaq Greets APC Spokesman On Birthday Anniversary
Kwara State Governor AbdulRahman AbdulRazaq has congratulated the State Publicity Secretary of the ruling All Progressive Congress (APC) Alhaji Folaranmi Tajudeen Aro, praying the Almighty God to grant him more fulfiiing years ahead.
The Governor described the politician as a committed, consistent and fearless democrat who promotes his beliefs wholeheartedly.
“I felicitate Alhaji Aro, as he is fondly called, on his birthday anniversary today. His service and commitment to party discipline and growth are beyond doubt. Alhaji Aro is a frontline advocate of this administration and its laudable pro-people programmes, as can be seen in his activities,” the Governor said in a statement.
“I pray the Almighty Allah to bless him with good health and long life, and grant him his aspirations in life.”
Man Allegedly Kills Brother For Rituals In Kwara
The Kwara State Command of the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps has arrested one lsmail Saliu, 25, for allegedly conspiring with a herbalist and one other, to slaughter his brother.
The NSCDC Command Spokesman in Kwara, Babawale Afolabi, disclosed this in a statement on Saturday, in Ilorin.
Afolabi said that Saliu conspired with two others, and killed his 14-year-old younger brother, Azeez Saliu, with the intention of using him for money rituals.
The spokesman said that the incident happened on September 13, 2021 in Kosubosu, Baruten Local Government Area of Kwara.
“On Sept. 13, operatives of the NSCDC in Kosubosu Divisional Office got a distress call from a neighbourhood about suspicious movement of certain individuals in the area.
“Some officers from the divisional office, with operatives of the Anti-Vandal patrol team in the area, swung into action and subsequently arrested a herbalist Ahmed Nkwe 44, lsmail Saliu 25 and Saliu Ahmed 30,” Afolabi said.
The spokesman said that investigations revealed that the suspects lured the victim to the farm, where he was gruesomely murdered by his own brother, Saliu.
He said that the suspect and his accomplices were later arrested by operatives of the NSCDC on their way back from the farm.
Afolabi said that the prime suspect and brother to the deceased confessed to having personally slaughtered his brother with the help of the herbalist and one other person.
He said that the State Commandant, Ayinla Makinde, was briefed on the incident, and had ordered that the suspects should be handed over to the police, for further investigations and prosecution.
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