By Yahaya Abdullahi
The people of Patigi and Lafiagi in Kwara North Senatorial District during the weekend gave the immediate past Senate President, Dr. Abubakar Bukola Saraki warm reception despite state sponsored misinformation, disinformation and propaganda about the visit.
The two term governor of Kwara State was in Lafiagi, the headquarters of Edu local government area for condolence visit to the Royal Family over the demise of their Emir, HRH, Alhaji Saadu Kawu Haliru. This visit was expected as Saraki remains a respected leader across the state over ten years after leaving office.
Saraki as a focused leader flew into Lafiagi to commiserate with the late emir’s family and people of the town. He also prayed for widows and children of the late monarch.
Earlier, the National leader of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) was in Patigi to commiserate with the family of the late Etsu Patigi. At Patigi, Saraki also met with some stakeholders and had a town hall meeting with youth groups. He thanked them for their consistent love and support.
Saraki, the shining light in Nigeria’s political space, peacefully crisscrossed Kwara North where he established the Kwara State University and Shonga Farms, during his days as governor. On a contrary, the one chance governor is busy intimidating traditional rulers, funding unintelligent propaganda and falsehood to create unnecessary tension with facetious community group that only exit in the imagination of his propaganda committee of Gov Abdulrahman.
Only in the imagination and deliberate falsehood of Governor Abdulrahman Abdulrazaq’s propaganda committee will President Muhammed Buhari award billions of naira road construction to Dr Abubakar Bukola Saraki whom he saw has an enemy.
It is unfortunate that we have a governor in Kwara who doesn’t understand the procurement processes in awarding a project contract. This lack of basic knowledge required in governance is the reason why Ramoni awards most of the state projects from his bedroom without due processes in the ministry. It is a shame to have a governor who would believe a PMB would award a road contract to a Saraki, out of a desperate attempt to give Saraki a bad name.
The story of the road construction awarded to Saraki is a creation of one of the pseudo groups set up by a member of the Gov’s propaganda team after they have received the first N150m for their shady propaganda assignments against Saraki, Lai Muhammed, BOB, Gbemi Saraki, Prof Oba AbdulRaheem, Saheed Popoola and others.
The false story was created as a response to the threat by the Governor on his plan to disband the committee after their disappointment about the Saraki’s visit to Kwara North. The governor was bittered not to have seen the output of the money he has released to the propaganda committee.
It’s surprising that the man claiming to have turned the northern zone to Dubai became jittery about genuine love and warm reception given to Saraki by the people.
He reportedly threatened to dethrone the Emir of Patigi, if he receives the Waziri Ngeri of Ilorin Emirate, Dr Abubakar Bukola Saraki, in his palace. What a shame!
Traditional Institution is for nobody and for everybody. The immediate past governor of the state didn’t stop traditional rulers from hosting Abdulrahman Abdulrazaq as APC candidate but Ramoni will always be Ramoni. You can’t give what you don’t have; no wonder his party members christened him as the chief troublemaker of the state and one chance governor.
Guess the backdoor man is sliding into panic mode ahead of 2023 general elections. Saraki remains a rallying figure in Kwara and national politics as well as business world. Omo Oloye keeps moving forward on the path of growing Nigeria.