By AbdulFatai Abdullateef
Gov AbdulRahman AbdulRazaq has never disappointed in delivering his campaign promises to the good people of Kwara State. We all know how the State was before his emergence. There were lamentations left and right. Our civil servants couldn’t feed their families again because they were owed salaries. Our schools were like death traps just like our roads. Our hospitals didn’t have the basic things hospitals should have. Birds weren’t chirping like bird, and rats weren’t squeaking like rat. Humans? They weren’t speaking like human. It was that bad!
Of course, if all these things were in place. Like, if salaries weren’t owed, hospitals weren’t in terrible conditions, and our roads didn’t become a death trap, no sane person would say enough is enough (Otoge) nor would Kwarans send the then ruling PDP packing. But we had to when all the opposition party could deliver was bad governance. Or how do we describe a government that failed to pay salaries, and left our schools and hospitals in bad conditions?
The emergence of Gov AbdulRahman AbdulRazaq has changed the whole story. And I believe the thousands of Kwarans who made his emergence possible are not regretting in anyway! Unlike the bad old days when our civil servants weren’t paid salaries, the present government is paying salaries. It’s also implemented the N30,000 minimum wage the previous government failed to implement because it believed our hardworking civil servants didn’t worth it. Pathetic.
Today, our hospitals are better. Our roads are being constructed and repaired. These and many others are the reasons why the good people of Kwara want to re-elect Governor AbdulRahman AbdulRazaq again. You must have been hearing and seeing the catchphrase: AA Leekan Si. No doubt, well-meaning Kwarans want him to continue the good works he started. This is how it’s in saner climes. They don’t oust their working Governors, instead, they re-elect them to continue the good works.
However, despite how Governor AbdulRahman AbdulRazaq is leaving no stone unturned and cleaning the mess of the past administration through his glaring good works, incompetent Kwara PDP believes he hasn’t done anything to deserve re-election. They say he’s not a working governor. I don’t know what they mean by that. AA is not working? Laughable!
To the PDP in Kwara state, a working governor is a governor that doesn’t pay salaries, promote civil servants, leave children to learn in terrible environments, leave hospitals in sorry state and leave roads in deplorable conditions. The members of the People’s Democratic Party in Kwara state believe any governor that does all these things is working. That was why they were cheering the Abdulfatah Ahmed-led administration for taking the State to Golgotha. Shameful!
The 2023 governorship election is another great opportunity for Kwarans to reject political slavery and bad governance which were the order of the day before the emergence of Governor AbdulRahman AbdulRazaq. It’s another opportunity to re-elect good governance and reject a party that’s determined to ruin the State at all costs and take us back to Egypt.
Why Is Saraki’s PDP Behaving Like A Headless Chicken? By Qudus Adelodun
I didn’t foresee that my home truth will throw Bukola Saraki’s fake boys in disarray. Since I penned my article on how Saraki’s PDP will place Kwara State on Jumia for ridiculous sale after milking its resources dry if they mistakenly get power back in 2023, some of his fake boys have been trying to outdo one another in a contest of sycophancy and disingenuousness.
From the fake Dare Babatunde who I gathered was a high ranking official of the Saraki government but was only hiding under that name as has been his wont overtime, to the rabid Abdulyekeen Mohammed Bashir who also wrote to ‘mark attendance’, his writing devoid of logic and context, and other media bandits of the Saraki dynasty spread across the new media, what unites them all is the behaviour of a headless chicken.
They refused to address the substance of the matter and were just blabbing and throwing insults! Look, people with sound defense won’t use a whole article to insult and rant. So, you guys should face the issues squarely. I’m particularly surprised the fake Dare Babatunde couldn’t be proud enough of the government and principal he served and therefore offer his name in his watery defence. You can’t defend the indefensible.
If I may jolt the memories of these attack dogs, the people of Kwara said O to ge in 2019 because they were tired of the bad, uninspiring, poor, enslaving governance of the Saraki dynasty. They did that in one, loud voice that no elective position went the way of the dynasty. Some of you in fact agreed that if a chicken were presented as a candidate against your people, it will succeed. Does that not tell you how low you went in governance? Why are you struggling to rewrite history now?
You ran a state for 20 years and destroyed all the legacies of our heroes. Your leadership turned Kwarans to a people who had no water to drink. No quality healthcare system to access. Courts were in tatters. Civil servants didn’t get their salaries as and when due. They were also owed for several months. No implementation of minimum wage. Schools were like prison yards. You didn’t make teachers happy. These are basic, basic things. Yet you failed massively on them. I wonder if anyone who has honour will come out to identify with this glaring failure. It’s your history, don’t rewrite it.
The AbdulRahman AbdulRazaq you have targeted your diatribes at has provided water for the people by repairing the dysfunctional waterworks you abandoned for years. And we do not see the sorrowful tankers you used to distribute water about again. He has been timely and up to date in the payment of civil servants. The computers, printers you failed to buy for them to ease their work, he has bought them. He has invested so much in the basic education you collapsed. Over 600 schools have been rehabilitated and reconstructed in less than three years. Teachers get paid as and when due. Quality learning through KwaraLEARN is ongoing at our basic schools. We are already getting the low-hanging fruits with the brilliant and superlative outings of our pupils in external contests. More is to come. We have left the era where pupils are assisted in exams to make up for the failure of the system. Go see the ambulances this government procured for the state and compare it to the nonsense you left behind. You also know that you didn’t leave a single functional tractor across the state, but we now have about 15.
I chuckled when I saw Abdulyekeen defending the peculiar mess of UBEC grant diversion. He said the past administration didn’t divert the fund. He has the onus to explain to us why Kwara was blacklisted for years and they kept mute. Are they working in the interest of Kwarans or against? And more so, if anyone has more reason to go to court, it is Abdulfatai Ahmed whose government has been indicted. Is he not supposed to clear his name considering the weight of the allegation? What dingbats like Abdulyekeen don’t understand is that the people of Kwara can clearly see the difference between the past and the present. No amount of insults or illogicality will rewrite our story here!
So, I also posited that there was no meaningful investment Saraki did throughout his administration. All his vaunted achievements were marred with never-seen-before scam and failure. None of his boys have been able to do the analysis of the financial resources committed into Shonga Farm and the returns on investment Kwara has benefitted from it. In any case, Shonga Farm ended up a failure in the life of their dynasty, just like the dubious Cargo Terminal. Abdulyekeen should tell us where the Trailer Park Saraki promised to do when he wanted to access his bond is. Then, they have been trying to steal the glory of the FG in some projects. KWASU is one of them. You see, don’t be deceived, 90% of the structures at KWASU was funded by the Federal Government. This is the same way they got full payment for the Post Office Flyover they did which the FG was disappointed in its execution. Years later, Governor AbdulRazaq is constructing the Tanke Flyover with nearly close amount they voted for the Post Office Flyover years ago. Who’s the scammer? A well-informed person in the Saraki camp should come out and tell us what Kwara has benefitted as returns on investment from Kwara Mall and why they had to offer more shares to the private partners despite the fact that the state contributed mostly in the project. These are the issues I expect those behaving like headless chickens to address. Did Saraki not procure machine at Harmony Advanced Diagnostic Centre and refused to pay the contractors, carried over the debt to the administration of Abdulfatai Ahmed and to Governor AbdulRazaq. How can Kwara under Saraki attract billion naira worth of bond to execute investments and there is no record of the returns the state has made in them. It’s just debt, debtand debt everywhere. Abdulfatai Ahmed should also step out to explain how Harmony Holdings’ N4bn capitalisation fund turned to N404 million.
Under Governor AbdulRazaq, statistics are saying poverty rate have reduced, unemployment has reduced. These are results of his committment to the social investment programmes where people had benefitted millions of naira. Kwara has moved places in financial sustainability rating. Kwara was one of the states that attracted FDI in 2021. The number of industries in the state has risen tremendously under AbdulRazaq. Promotions are ongoing with cash-backing. The pensioners the cruel Saraki dynasty refused to pay, this administration has been paying. This administration is also embarking on legacy capital projects that will boost the economy, create job opportunities and bring prosperity to the state. They are unique and one-of-a-kind in the region and nation at large. The Visual Arts Centre is primed to do last mile finishing. Our Eye Centre follows immediately after the one in Kaduna in the whole of the North. The Innovation Hub will be one of the largest in the country. We have the Garment Factory, International Conference Center, Tanke Flyover, Nootia FM, Kakakin FM, Film Studio, Intensive Care Unit. All these achievements and feats in just three years are what is giving the Sarakites migraine. They can never forgive Governor AbdulRazaq for liberating Kwara State.
Adelodun writes from Oro, Kwara State
AbdulRazaq Mukeso By Lateef Olamilekan
When I first heard that there is a man in my homestead aspiring to become the governor of Kwara State under the platform of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, I paused for a while.
I paused to ask if it is just another case of a visionless advocacy for an unprepared personality to take charge of the mantle of leadership in this our beloved state.
I also pause to ask if it’s a rare case of personality with a vision and passion for rescuing the long forgotten masses of Kwara State.
The answer to this I believe is, or should be of great importance to the people of Kwara State, because ordinarily it ought to be the basis upon which they should give their mandate.
To this effect, I tried to see if I can provide answer to the above question.
My desire to answer this question compelled me to raise questions like; who is he? What are his antecedents? What has he achieved so far? How tall does he stand intellectually? How much does he know of the real need of his people?
What practical blueprint does he have to turn their fortunes around, economically, socially, educationally and politically, among others?
In the course of my investigation, I detected that he’s not in any match for the incumbent Governor AbdulRahman AbdulRazaq who’s an all round performer, from Education, to health, to infrastructure, to technology and his iconic social investment scheme.
The PDP candidate on the other hand doesn’t even have any track record, he was even until his emergence as the opposition flag bearer was a Federal Commissioner under the platform of the APC.
He had even at a fora highlighted the achievement of the APC in Lagos as his role model and not even the one of their leader whom they adjudged as the best thing after slice bread.
Recently, Governor AbdulRazaq launched another grant for artisans in the state and also announced free transport for students of the state schooling up North.
If all these are what to go by, then the discerning Kwarans wouldn’t return to the dark ages and would resoundingly re-elect AbdulRazaq for a second term.
Gov AbdulRahman AbdulRazaq Will Be Re-elected-Abdulqaudri Mahmud
Abdulqaudri Mahmud from Ilorin East LGA, Zango Ward, Ilorin has, today, published a release on Social Media stating why the Governor of Kwara state would be Re-Elected in the 2023 elections.
Fidel Info reports that He wrote that “When Governor AbdulRahman AbdulRazaq’s adversaries want to give their reasons for why he would not be re-elected in the coming 2023 gubernatorial election in Kwara state, they would mention some enemies of the State who left him because he didn’t give them access to the state’s treasury or coffers. They would say he doesn’t know how to manage people. But the question I ask them is, why are people still with him if you say he doesn’t know how to manage people? This harmless question usually shuts their stinking mouths.”
He further Stated that the same people they claim left AbdulRazaq because he couldn’t manage them went to form another party, and after some months, they fought dirty to the extent that some of them exited the party to form another party. These are the characters the governor’s dolt adversaries believe left him because he couldn’t manage them. Why were they not able to manage themselves after leaving AA? The truth of the matter is that these people can’t manage their egos, greed, and selfishness.
Some of these people joined the Otoge movement not because of the love of Kwara state but because of their selfish interests. They had thought AbdulRahman AbdulRazaq’s emergence would allow them to steal from the state’s treasury like the previous governments gave them. But when AA said it wouldn’t happen under his leadership, they turned their back on him and left APC when the internal crisis they initiated boomeranged.
He corrected the notion of Governor AbdulRazaq’s enemies who have turned themselves into political analysts and failed to understand is that it’s the Kwarans that will determine if he will be re-elected or not. It’s not some politicians who are fighting him because of their selfish interests. It’s not some politicians who want him to do things in the old ways (the government of the few). And Kwarans have said they’re with him because his government is theirs (ijoba mekunu). They say Ramoni o s’ekan si. Meaning, AbdulRahman AbdulRazaq is going to do one more term.
Abdulquadri Mahmud claimed that Kwarans are feeling the good works of the Governor AbdulRahman AbdulRazaq’s government. “Unlike the previous governments that denied them the dividends of democracy, they’re now enjoying it under AbdulRazaq regardless of political affiliation. And this is one good thing about this government. You don’t need to be a member of the APC before you can benefit from the empowerment programs this government does through KWASSIP.” he wrote
In the viral social media post, he said“Kwarans are also feeling the good works of the AA-led government in the education and health sectors. They know the terrible conditions these sectors were before AbdulRahman AbdulRazaq was sworn in in 2019 and how they are now. They know how horrible the structure of our schools and roads were and how they are now. Also, they know how the civil servants were badly treated and how they’re being treated now. Aside the fact that this government implemented the N30,000 minimum wage, it also promotes the civil servants who are due for promotion. Promotion in the last regime was politicized and didn’t attract cash-backing.”
“These and many others are why Governor AbdulRahman AbdulRazaq will be re-elected in next year’s gubernatorial election. His re-election will be a reward for his allegiance and absolute loyalty to Kwarans since he was elected in 2019. Besides, one good turn, they say deserves another.” Me Mahmud concluded.
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