Stephen Olufemi Oni, Ilorin
Kwara state Governor AbdulRahman AbdulRazaq has been accused of throwing caution and decorum expected of a man in his position to the winds by calling the Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, unprintable names at an interview he recently granted the press on state matters.
Addressing journalists on Wednesday in Ilorin, the state capital, Deputy Chairman, APC Loyal, said it is “pexpected that a man supposedly brought up in Islamic philosophy could be so unmindful of the Islamic ethical values of gratitude and moral rectitude in human relationship.”
While urging the Governor to desist from his acts of ingratitude to the Information Minister, Oyebiyi said, without any fear of contradiction, the credits of the party’s resounding victory at the 2019 elections in the state should go to the Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed and other stakeholders, adding that the Minister sourced and disbursed funds for election campaigns and logistics in the state.
He said: “Alhaji Lai Mohammed, as a party leader, did all that was expected and required for a party to win elections. Ironically, the then gubernatorial candidate, Mallam AbdulRahman AbdulRazaq who was being assisted contributed nothing to the campaign funds which himself had earlier acknowledged.
“It is also important to mention that the party received no ‘kobo’ as campaign fund from anybody other than Alhaji Lai Mohammed, contrary to the Governor’s blackmail. All other stakeholders assisted all the candidates in the elections in their own way and not through the party.
“Therefore, why the Governor has continued grunting and groaning over the dead issue left much to be desired since he was yet to account for N1bn campaign grants he collected from the APC National headquarters. The question is: who should now be robed with the garment of dishonesty?
“We, by any stress of imagination, are not surprised by the Governor’s confessional statement on his abandonment of APC party manifesto. This was the same manner he left the party in the lurch in 2019 shortly after becoming the candidate.
“Therefore, rather than running his mouth against the Hon. Minister, Governor AbdulRahman AbdulRazaq holds a debt of gratitude to him, the party leadership and the entire party members for his electoral victory.”
On election value, the Deputy Chairman said: “It is laughable that Governor AbdulRahman AbdulRazaq could infer that he had won his ticket and election on his personal and family political profile! This is a lie from the pit of hell.
“We need to remind him of history:
a]. Of what political relevance was his father in kwara state? The father contested and lost governorship election in 1979.
b) Didn’t his mother also contest and lose councillorship election in Magaji Ngeri ward of Ilorin.
c).Did his elder brother Alimi not contest for governorship and lost?
d) Didn’t his younger brother, Baba Razak contest and lose house of representatives election and lose here in Ilorin?
e). How many times has AA himself attempted to become a Senator or Governor, which turned him to a political harlot?”
Oyebiyi warned the party’s national secretariat that the Governor “is dangerously navigating the party back to Egypt instead of the promised land that the O To Ge revolution had in stock for kwarans.”
He expressed gratitude to the people of the state for their understanding and perseverance, assuring them that “there will definitely be light after this unexpected darkness that we find ourselves.”