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Kwara group knocks governor Abdulrasaq for allocating N300 million for propaganda

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A group under the aegis of Kwara Advancement Initiative (KAI) have berated the State governor, Abdulrahman Abdulrasaq for allocating the sum of N300 million to fund a muck-raking Committee otherwise known as A. A. propaganda team which the Governor recently set up secretly.

The group accused the governor of using the A.A. Committee to generate and churn out conjectures and outright falsehood to malign some opposition figures and APC figures who are perceived enemies of government.

In a statement on Sunday which was signed by the Head of Democratic Mobilization and Monitoring Desk, Kwara Advancement Initiative, Hajia Adeola Bashiru, and obtained by CAPITAL POST in Abuja, KAI said Governor Abdulraham set up the committee to fight his political enemies with Kwara State public funds.

KAI stressed that the muckraking Committee membership includes Governor’s Special Adviser on Political Communication, Bashir Adigun, his Chief Press Secretary, Rafiu Ajakaye, Special Assistant on New media and one former commissioner in the state who has a penchant for peddling lies.

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The group insisted that it was wrong for the governor to spend a whopping sum of N300 million to fund a propaganda Committee, noting that it wasn’t in the interest of Kwara people that voted him into office

The statement said: “Using N300 million to finance such a committee amounts to financial recklessness, insensitivity and lack of good vision for the people of Kwara.

“The people voted in Governor Abdulraham Abdulrazaq and APC to ensure delivery of dividends of Democracy and protect lives and properties and not to waste public funds on irrelevancies and fight perceived political enemies.”

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They advised the governor to dismantle the Committee immediately and redirect the fund into a profitable venture in the interests of electorate, adding that the State cannot afford to spend such amount of money on frivolities now.

The group further berated the governor for telling what they described barefaced lies, the administration’s denial before the Kwara State High Court on the appointment of Transitional Implementation Committee chairmen and suspension of substantive council chairmen in the state.

The group said the governor’s denial amounted to ‘an unintelligent lie’.

KAI reacted to some online mews outlets that covered the Court proceedings at the Kwara State High Court, sitting in Ilorin, stating that “it did not suspend chairmen and councilors in the 16 local governments of the State.

It also denied appointing Transition Implementation Committee (TICs) for the Councils.

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“Our group found this denial unintelligent and nauseating. It is very ridiculous that the State Government had to drag itself so low by telling barefaced lies that are too obvious to be dismissed with the overwhelming evidence available in the public.

“Is Mr. Governor suffering from memory loss that he quickly forgot that he had constituted Transition Implementation Committees for the councils shortly after the expiration of the tenure of the suspended council chairmen?.”

Since these TIC Chairmen are constituted illegally and against the provision of the law and constitution, we hope they will not join other democratically elected local government council chairmen in the 774 local government councils in Nigeria who are scheduled to meet with President Buhari soon.

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