A group, Kwara Concerned Youth, last night accused Kwara Governor, Abdulrahman Abdulrazaq, of planning to sponsor a massive protest in the state in an attempt to allegedly discredit immediate past Senate President, Dr Bukola Saraki and former Governor Abdulfatah Ahmed over the purported illegal sale of state property.
The Governor on Monday while briefing State House correspondents after a meeting with President Muhammadu Buhari in Aso Rock had accused previous administrations in the state of illegally selling over 110 governments properties, including the apartment for the Deputy Governor.
But Ahmed in a response to the Governor’s accusation through a statement by his Media Aide, Muideen Akorede, denied any illegal sale of the state properties, adding that due process was followed in selling government properties and the money paid to the state coffers.
Ahmed disputed the conflicting figures cited by the Governor and absolved his administration of any wrongdoing over the matter.
But according to the group, in a statement made available to this medium last night by its secretary, Kehinde Ajibola Salawu, the Governor has reportedly released huge fund running into millions of naira to prosecute planned protest which is being coordinated by one Chief Tunde.
It was gathered that the issue has attracted the attention of the DSS in the state and they have reportedly made enquiries from the government about it.
The statement of the group said: “Information reaching us from sources within the Kwara State Government House has it that the State Government is sponsoring a state-wide protest against former Senate President, Dr Bukola Saraki and immediate past Kwara Governor, Dr Abdulfatah Ahmed over alleged unlawful sale of government properties.
“We learnt that the state-wide protest, which is to be staged in few days time is targeted at inciting the public against the duo of Saraki and Maigida and also to tarnish their image. The protest, we also learnt, was to divert attention from the Ile Arugbo demolition saga that has become a national issue of sort and has caused unending backlash and bad publicity for the present government. And the Governor is definitely not happy with this.
“Our fear and concern is that the said protest can cause public disturbance, crisis and large-scale violence within the State, as supporters of the State Government and that of Dr Bukola Saraki and former Governor Ahmed could clash during such protest. This is detrimental to the peace and harmony Kwara is reputed for. If an individual is accused of selling government properties illegally, the reasonable and lawful thing to do, is to carry out investigation and charge the person to court for prosecution, and not organising any protest or subjecting that person to media trial. Two wrongs do not make a right.
We, therefore, in the interest of peace, ask Governor Abdulrahman Abdulrazaq to halt this planned protest that can cause civil unrest and should recover millions of taxpayers’ money he has released for this purpose”, it noted.
The statement enjoined traditional and spiritual leaders to call the Governor to order adding that the continued peace and harmony of Kwara is our collective responsibility which we must not allow anything to affect.
Calls and text message to the Chief Press Secretary to the Governor were neither answered nor replied last night seeking response to the allegation. However a top source in the government told National Pilot that the Governor will not go and be organising or sponsoring protest about anybody.
“How can the Governor organised protest, does that make sense. The Governor just returned to the state today (Sunday). And Even if people want to protest, they will not come to meet the governor that they want to protest and he should come and fund them. The Governor is not that kind of person, they know him for that very well.