Kwara State election: Do not overheat the community with campaigns, Addo warns

THE NEWSGHOST, NIGERIA – Ahead of the forthcoming chairmanship and councillorship election in Kwara, the Commissioner of Police of the state, Lawan Addo, has warned politicians in the state not to overheat the community with campaigns ahead of the election.

Addo, speaking with journalists yesterday, October 25, 2017, in Ilorin, the state capital, said that the state’s police command has put in place mechanisms to make sure that the forthcoming election throughout the state will be peaceful, report says.

He explained that the state was known for peace and therefore the police will not condone any act of hooliganism during election in the state.

Also, the ruling party, the All Progressives Congress (APC) has launched its campaign ahead of the local government election in the state. At the flagging off of the campaign at the party secretariat in Ilorin, Governor of Kwara, Abdulfatah Ahmed, charged the party members to work harder to ensure that they win election in all the 16 local governments in the state.

The governor assured that the election is going to be free and fair. He advised all the party members to come out in mass to exercise their rights on the election day.

The state chairman of APC in Kwara, Alhaji Ishola Balogun-Fulani, also urged his party members not to engage in hate speech with opposition parties but to ensure they troop out to vote for the candidates of their own party.

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Ahmed reacts to critics of low performance

THE NEWSGHOST, NIGERIA – Critics say Kwara State governor Abdulfatah Ahmed has made no impact in the lives of the people and the economic development of the state, report says.

Mr Modibbo Kawu, the Director-General, National Broadcasting Commission, criticized the governor while delivering a lecture titled ‘Our community, our values and our future’.

Kawu said:

‘Economic opportunities have been denied our people, especially since 2003. From 2003 till the end of 2015, Kwara State got about ₦640bn from the federation account. Yet in that period, poverty has increased in our community, open and clandestine prostitution, drug abuse and consolidation of the begging culture.’

Prof. Shuaib Oba, a former chairman of the Federal Character Commission, and Mr Abdulmumin Ajia, the convener, Kwara Development Initiative spoke in separate interviews with journalists on Thursday in Ilorin, the state capital, during an empowerment programme for small and medium enterpreneurs(SME) facilitated by Ajia.

Ajia said that the administrations of Saraki and Ahmed had not lived up to the expectations of the people.

He said, ‘In the past 14 years, we have witnessed two successive administrations that were ushered in with a lot of hope and they have let the people down. They will tell you that the problem is paucity of funds but I disagree. The issue is paucity of ideas because even with little you can do much if you are committed to serving the people first.’

Oba claimed that the state has been subjected to hardships by the so-called leaders.

He said, ‘What we have were inflicted by people who say they are professional politicians. We should in our own way rise up at the appropriate time, challenge and force them out,’ he said.

According to report, Governor Ahmed through his Senior Special Assistant on Media and Communication, Dr Muyideen Akorede, argues that the state has recorded remarkable developments under his administration.

‘We have remodeled the Ilorin Township Stadium into one of the best in the North Central and established an internationally-referenced vocational centre. Kwara State also has one of the most vibrant informal sectors with the injection of billions of naira into micro credit and the government has been acknowledged for upholding rule of law consistently.

‘Their criticism is more political than logical, given the unexplained decision to limit their subjective analysis to the last 14 years.’