By Adebayo Olodan
The Senate President, Dr. Abubakar Bukola Saraki has said he played no role in how the Kwara State Government disburses or utilise its share of the Paris Club refund and does not in any way interfere with activities of the state government.
Saraki who made this known in a statement recently released by his Senior Special Assistant on Political Matters, Alhaji Toyin Sanusi advised the people of Kwara State and the general public to ignore rumour, insinuation and speculations about whether he (Saraki) had anything to do with the fund and how the state government chose to spend it.
“The Senate President is not involved in the running of the government of Kwara State and does not interfere in any way with how the state government spends its money.
“It is the belief of Dr. Saraki that the government is responsible and accountable to the people of the state who elected it into office and the state is greater than all individuals.
“On occasions when the people, interest groups, labour and professional unions seeks intervention about some issues or he is intimated about certain developments, Saraki, as political leader in the state, can only make adequate and necessary consultations to get the facts and later offer his advice to the government.
“However, on the complaints reaching the Senate President concerning the proposed plan of the state government on the Paris Club refund, he (Saraki) has initiated plans to find out the facts about the issues raised and then offer his advice accordingly to the government.”
The statement added that the intervention of the Senate President at any time is to ensure that the promises of the All Progressives Congress (APC) to protect the interests of people of Kwara State and ensure development across the state are kept at all times.