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2023: Who Is Fed Up With AbdulRazaq’s Administration? Only Saraki’s Kwara PDP By Abdulqaudri Mahmud

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Barely a few days after I read the article Mallam Rafiu Ajakaye Chief Press Secretary to the Governor of Kwara state wrote about the Kwara PDP’s “O Su Wa” campaign slogan, I jumped on an article that looks like its rejoinder on Facebook. The article was written by Abdullateef Ishowo, the newly appointed Director of Media and Communication for Kwara State PDP Campaign Council. Nothing defines the lengthy piece better than the false narration that it was. The article was ridden with lies and propaganda. But I won’t blame Abdullateef — he’s a Saraki man — and you’ve to be good at telling lies and spreading fake news before you can be one. Abdullateef has been disguising for long as an unbiased public analyst, apolitical commentator. However, he’s a core PDP member who is just creating unnecessary confusion. He has served as Legislative Aide to Senator Bukola Saraki. Everybody can now see where the fake public analyst belongs to.

For the sake of the people who don’t understand Yoruba, “O Su Wa” is loosely translated as “We’re Fed Up.” So, what Kwara PDP means by these words is that it’s fed up with Governor AbdulRahman AbdulRazaq’s administration. An administration that has been doing greatly according to political observers, experts,  and well-meaning Kwarans, commending its exploits in the last three years. Fine, the AbdulRazaq-led administration is yet to take Kwarans to the promised land but it has long moved them away from the state of disrepute PDP left them before the 2019 elections.

This saying is the brainchild of Saraki’s Kwara PDP and it is synonymous with them alone. But in Abdullateef’s shameful defense of his party, he said PDP are not the only people ranting about “O Su Wa” in the State, the civil servants are also on the table. This claim was nothing but false. The civil servants of which state? The same civil servants his Party treated like trash? The civil same civil servants whom his party paid Geri-Gedi salaries and even owed salaries for months without giving reasonable accounts as to why? Abdullateef must be joking.

Kwara state’s civil servants have tasted both administrations. I mean the 16 years of PDP’s misrule and Mallam AbdulRazaq-led administration of 3 and a half years. Even though the latter’s years are way below the former’s years, he has done well for the civil servants than the former which has a history of afflicting civil servants to comfort itself. So, how Abdullateef Ishowo believes that civil servants are with them in this self-afflicting “O Su Wa” campaign slogan beats me. He may not know, but like other Kwarans, the civil servants have moved on and aren’t ready to bring PDP back to power.

Abdullateef Ishowo also claimed that PDP paid civil servants geri-gedi salaries because there was a recession which led to a cut of allocation at the time. He didn’t acknowledge that his party owed salaries. Besides, why didn’t his acclaimed cut of allocation affect other states? The only state that couldn’t pay full salaries at the time was Osun state and it was because of its elephant projects and a heavy debt. What Abdullateef would have told us is that his party looted the money meant to service civil servants whose only sin was rendering their service diligently. Simple!

There is audio evidence on the internet where the Leader of Kwara PDP — Senator Bukola Saraki said he shared millions of naira to each state in Nigeria so that his favorite presidential candidate would emerge. At a time when Kwara’s civil servants were suffering! Also, when former governor of Kwara state AbdulFatah Ahmed proposed N20 billion bond, he allayed the fear of Kwarans that it wouldn’t be diverted. His assurance hinted how the bonds collected before the one he was proposing were used. No be so? I hope Abdullateef Ishowo would tell us the real reason why his party couldn’t afford to pay salary as basic as it is.

I can continue to point out the lies and propaganda in that article but I will stop here. Bro Abdullateef can do better, at least, for the sake of the youths who are looking up to him and admire his oratory prowess. When he and his people say “O Su Wa” (they are fed up with the AbdulRazaq-led govt) we know what they mean. They mean they are fed up of being denied access to Kwara’s purse which they looted to the low. They mean they have missed their days of stampeding our people all in the name of sharing the yearly Sallah packages which took many lives. They mean they are fed up with the progress Kwara state has been recording since they were asked to leave the seat of power through the polls.

Abdulqaudri Mahmud writes from Ilorin East LGA, Zango Ward, Ilorin Kwara state

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Wike Receives Fmr. President Obasanjo In Rivers

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Former President Olusegun Obasanjo and Ekiti State Governor, Kayode Fayemi meet with the Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Wike, in Port Harcourt, the Rivers State capital, on Thursday.

Fidel Info reports that Obasanjo and Fayemi are attending the ongoing Port Harcourt International Conference 2023 holding at the Obi Wali International Conference Centre, Port Harcourt.

The summit is tagged, “Deepening Democratic Culture and Institutions for Sustainable Development and Security in Nigeria.”

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Non-Indigenes In Kwara State Declare Support For Gov AA

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Non-Indigenes in Kwara State have declared a total support for Governor AbdulRahman AbdulRazaq in his re-election bid, pledging to vote overwhelmingly for him in the forthcoming election.

Fidel Info reports that they made this known at a consolidative forum meeting where they said they would continue to cooperate and support the administration of Governor AbdulRazaq.

In a statement by the Total Coordinator of the Amalgamated Non-Indigenes Associations, Barrister Adokutu Jafaru Ibie, previous administrations were condemned for playing politics of exclusion with non-indigenes in the state.

“Past governors only remember non-indigenes when it comes to getting our votes during electioneering periods. This time around, however, only the AbdulRazaq administration in the history of Kwara State has truly accorded non-indigenes the required recognition in the governance of the state.

“This is one government every non-indigene from the six geo-political zones of the country resident in Kwara must appreciate and work and accept for fulfilling promises made to the people. We’ll ever remember Governor AbdulRahman AbdulRazaq as a promise keeper, and has truly activated the substance of his promises to the people of the six geo-political zones resident in Kwara State.”

Adokutu urged non-indigenes in the state not to be swayed by the deceit of opposition, telling them to queue behind the ruling APC in the forthcoming election.

“We accept the reorganization process of the Senior Special Assistant to the  Governor on Non-Indigenes, Hon. Caleb Ono Bobi, which has helped to better reposition all affiliate associations, clubs, unions etc of non-indigenes resident in Kwara State. He advised non-indigenes not to allow themselves to be swayed by the deceits of opposition parties in the state but to queue behind the All Progressives Congress led administration of Governor AbdulRahman AbdulRazaq to return his government to power in  at the March elections.

“In the same vein, the President of the South-South Community in Kwara, Sir Christopher Ozonuwe appealed to all non-indigenes in the state to be very watchful of political hawks during this election year so that they do not fall to their empty promises and open deceits but to always align with the purposeful governance of the current administration of  AbdulRazaq.

“Our SSA and other government appointees on Inter-Community Relations are men of good professional and intellectual clout. So, we believe the governor has truly done us a good turn by appointing them into his cabinet. We are solidly behind them in the onerous task to re-elect our governor for another four years of untarnished governance of our Kwara State.”

Adokutu also announced that non-indigenes in the state will carry out a Non-Indigenes Solidarity Rally for the Governor’s second term re-election soon.

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BREAKING: Warri-Itakpe Train Derails In Kogi

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According to reports, a train traveling the Warri–Itakpe route derailed, leaving numerous people stranded.

Fidel Info reports that it was the same train that had people kidnapped from its station in Igueben, Edo State.

According to information, the incident took place inside Kogi woodland.

According to reports, a number of people got off the train out of concern for their safety.

It was gathered that the train left Warri early on Sunday and got derailed at around 12pm inside the thick forest between Ajaokuta and Itakpe.

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