Ilorin Durbar: Senator Saraki’s statement in bad faith, says CPS

  • as he’s never attended Durbar since 2019

Stephen Olufemi Oni, Ilorin

Former Senate President Dr.
Bukola Saraki has been admonished to leave Governor AbdulRahman AbdulRazaq out of his self-inflicted shame of not being able to hold himself to the standard expected of a statesman expected to exhibit decorum, decency, and good behaviour.

It would be recalled that Senator Saraki had earlier explained that he was staying off this year’s Ilorin Durbar event billed for Tuesday June 18, 2024 in Ilorin, the state capital, in the interest of peace.

A statement by the Governor’s Chief Press Secretary, Rafiu Ajakaye, said: “The Governor has repeatedly shown humility and large heart to accommodate everyone to operate as they wish as bonafide citizens. He is not about to go low because of Senator Saraki’s provocative behaviour and intent to foul the atmosphere with his unstatesmanly conduct at public events.

“Repeatedly, Governor AbdulRahman AbdulRazaq has demonstrated his belief in politics without bitterness through his all-inclusive politics that addresses the needs of all citizens in the state, irrespective of any differences.

“In sustained demonstration of his statesmanship and large-heartedness, the Governor shook hands with the former Senate President and other opposition politicians at the Ilorin Eid praying ground.

“Landslide victories of 2019 and 2023 elections in Kwara are clear testimonies of how the people of Kwara State have preferred the Governor to lead the state. He is thankful to God and to the people for the vote of confidence in his humble leadership.

“Finally, to the best of our knowledge, Senator Saraki has never attended the Ilorin Durbar since 2019. His statement, therefore, reeks of mischief and bad faith, which we leave history to judge.”


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