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‘Saraki Should Stop Shedding Crocodile Tears For Democracy’ – Kwara Must Change

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A leading Pro-Democracy group in Kwara State, Kwara Must Change has advised former Senate President, Dr Bukola Saraki to enjoy his political retirement and stop preaching what he does not practice while leading the Senate of Nigeria.

The group, which was reacting to Saraki’s criticism of the Kwara State House of Assembly over suspension of one of its members, Hon Jimoh Agboola stated that, the former Senate president lacks moral right to criticize Kwara State House of Assembly, because under his leadership as senate president, he did not only suspended two senators, but also refused to honour court a judgement on the matter, until he was compelled to do so by the court.

In a statement by the Convener of Kwara Must Change, Mr Abdulrazaq Hamzat, the group stated that, those who do not brush their teeth cannot be advertising tooth paste and those who did not have clean hands cannot come to equity.

According to Hamzat, Bukola Saraki led senate suspended Senator Ali Ndume for the most petty allegation in 2017 and just a year later, the red chamber also suspended Senator Ovie Omo Agege, now the Deputy Senate President.

“Sen Ali Ndume was suspended by the Saraki led senate for 6 months, and the suspension was later increased to 8 months, after which the Senator was later recalled to the house”

“Sen Ovie Omo Agege on the other hand was suspended for 90 days and both Omo Agege and Ali Ndume won their respective court cases against the Senate” Hamzat said.

The Kwara Must Change Convener expressed shock that the same Saraki, who refused to honour court judgement on Sen Omo Agege’s matter until he was compelled to do so by the court is today speaking about democracy as if he really cared about democracy.

Hamzat advised Dr Saraki to stop shedding crocodile tears for democracy because he’s one of those who laid very bad precedence for the Legislative arm of government in Nigeria.

Kwara Must Change therefore concluded that, the Kwara state Assembly should jettison Saraki’s precedence and chart a better course.

Recall that Kwara Must Change had encouraged Kwara State House of Assembly to expunge suspension and other unconstitutional rules from their bylaws.

The group also noted that there’s no law in Nigeria that empowered any lawmaking body to suspend members indefinately, arguing that such amount to denying the constituents of representation.

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Apathy mars PDP congress in Kwara, As Prominent Members Stay-off

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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.

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AbdulRazaq Greets APC Spokesman On Birthday Anniversary

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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.”

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Man Allegedly Kills Brother For Rituals In Kwara

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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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