The Special Adviser to the Executive Governor of Kwara State on Legal Matters, Ambassador Dr Sambo Muritala, has said that the Kwara State Governor, Mallam Abdulrahman Abdulrazaq, has said the reelection of the Kwara State Governor, Mallam Abdulrahman Abdulrasaq is a validation the governor provided good governance in Kwara State.
In an interview on Wednesday, he also said the allegation that the governor emptied the state’s treasury to buy over his opponents, including close associates of a former Senate President, Dr Bukola Saraki, was untrue, fallacious and unfounded.
“The success of Mallam Abdulrahman Abdulrazaq in the last poll is an indication that he has performed wonderfully well to have regained the mandates of kwarans. He didn’t only win his local government, he won in all sixteen local government areas, which include those of his opponents. Several roads that were last touched by military administrators were revived.
Those abandoned health centres have been resuscitated, well equipped and are currently attracting the patronage of the masses. Qualified teachers were recruited based on their qualifications in the tests. The investment of the incumbent governor has started yielding results with Kwara State students having succeeded as the best in Nigeria, they represented Nigeria outside the country.
“The that the governor emptied the state’s treasury to buy over his opponents, including close associates of a former Senate President, Dr Bukola Saraki allegation is far from the truth. When the ‘Otoge’ movement wrestled power from the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in 2019, it was their belief that the leadership of Mallam Abdulrazaq will be stoned out of power since they have grounded the state beyond revival. Mallam Abdulrasaq took us (His team) through sacrifice and financial discipline to revive the economic bearing of the State.
The Toyota Hilux that he personally bought and brought for his swearing-in is still the one he is using up till this moment. Commissioners got their vehicles almost a year before the end of this tenure. I must tell you that all other cabinet members are still using their personal vehicles up till this moment. He restricts all the political appointees to their basic salary only, as against money sharing, which was the norm of the previous government.
“Abdulrazaq took over the baton of leadership of Kwara State at a time, the state was almost looted off the map. The Educational architecture collapsed when all Colleges of Education were forced to stay on strike for months over the non-payment of about eleven months’ salaries of their staff. The state was blacklisted by Universal Basic Education Commission (UBEC) when the then government of Kwara State did not pay about a billion-naira counterpart fund. Mallam Abdulrasaq paid the counterpart fund to rescue over six hundred schools from extinction.
He called all the colleges of education staff back from the strike having paid their salaries and subsequently implemented minimum wage for them and all Kwara State civil servants as a whole. It makes no sense that a governor, who couldn’t buy himself and his team luxuries, will lavish the state resources to buy over his defeated opponents.”
He urged youths in the state to optimise the golden opportunities the governor has provided for them in the state.
He stated that Kwara North benefited a lot in the first term of the governor, adding that the benefits were so enormous that they endorsed him for the second term in office.Sambo said,
“My advice to the youths is to have themselves well-positioned for every available opportunity in the government of Mallam Abdulrazaq since they are his priority. Gone were the days when youths were crowned the king of the future, as the incumbent governor has brought those far-reaching futures to the lapses of the youths now.
Ballot snatching, hooliganisms, and political thugs are no longer lucrative businesses under the leadership of Mallam Abdulrahman. Youths in Kwara State should assume front roles. The Youngest Attorney General and Commissioner of Justice, in Nigeria, Senior Ibrahim Sulyman, is from Kwara State. Seventy per cent of Kwara State political appointees are youths. We are doing wonderfully well.
“Kwara North has never for once projected any candidate for the 2023 governorship race in the All Progressives Congress, (APC) aside Mallam Abdulrahman Abdulrazaq. Only PDP presented Yahman Abdullahi to run against the incumbent.
The benefits achieved by Kwara North in the first term of Mallam Abdulrazaq were so enormous that they endorsed him for the second term in office. The percentage of votes in favor of him from Kwara North is far greater than that which he scored in the other two senatorial districts.
The best answer to this question is embedded in the scores of both Yamah Abdullahi who pulled 45,029 against Abdulrahman Abdulrazaq Kwara who pulled 93,923 in the Kwara North Senatorial District, which happens to be the home of Yahmah Abdullahi. From all the analyses above, Kwara North gave its nod to the second-term bid of Mallam Abdulrazaq.”