By Ahmed Ajikobi
The Kwara State chapter of the People’s Democratic Party, (PDP), has condemned in strong terms, the inexplicable conversion into private use, the security patrol vans deployed for the use of local vigilantes corps, by the Governor Abdulrahmam Abdulrasaq appointed Transition Implementation Committee (TIC)chairmen.
According to the party in a statement signed by its spokesman, Olusegun Olusola Sholyments, the continued sojourn in the diaspora, of the state governor ,coupled with the absence of democratically elected representatives for the local government administration in Kwara state is contributing in no small measures to the current escalating insecurity and gangsterisms in the state.
“The unreasonable conversion of security vehicles recently purchased and distributed with fanfare by the State Governor, Abdulrahman Abdulrazaq to personal use by the illegal TIC Chairmen of the local government areas is a gross abuse of power, a sign of impunity, and a spat on the face of our hardworking security agencies.
“If not an act of irresponsibility by the concerned TIC Chairmen, how can any rational-thinking public officers, in the face of the current prevailing insecurity of the state, stoop such low to convert operational vehicles meant to enhance grassroots security into private use? This action, indeed, is an attestation that these people were put in each local government area council as stooges to monitor and sit as figurehead which is already cripplling the grassroots economy and making lives more difficult for the people.
“It is worrisome that in recent times, incidences of cultism-related killings, armed robberies, and other criminal activities have escalated across the state. The situation has now penetrated the Ilorin interior, making it even more dangerous for citizens and dwellers of the state capital.
“It is unacceptable for the government to remain silent while criminal elements roam the state, causing chaos, and claiming the lives of many innocent citizens.
“We, therefore, call on Governor Abdulrahman Abdulrazaq to immediately take action against those impostors he put in the local government secretariats to deploy those security vehicles to where they rightly belong so that our security agents and the local vigilante corps can do their work diligently for the security of the people at the grassroots
“All the TIC Chairmen need to note that their days of accounting for all the financial recklessness being perpetrated against the 16 local government areas of Kwara are near.
“Furthermore, Governor Abdulrahman Abdulrazaq continues to stay in Abuja, in the guise of working as NGF chairman while governance in Kwara state suffers negligence is not acceptable. If the governor feels he’s too big for the office in which he was elected, we advise that he properly hand it over to his deputy so he can stay permanently in Abuja and discharge his job as president Tinubu Orderly.
“We also demand that the government comes to the public with the steps taken to address the insecurity situation in the state and the immediate return of all security vehicles that have been converted to personal use to the intended security outfit.
“It is high time the APC-led government in Kwara State wakes up to its responsibility as the primary protector of its citizens and ensures that peace and security prevail in the State.”