APC Congress: reconciliation panel receives 35 petitions from aggrieved members

A faction of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Kwara State has fired back at Governor AbdulRahman AbdulRazaq on some issues he raised in an interview published by ThisDay Newspaper on Sunday.

The Party Deputy Chairman, Chief Sunday Oyebiyi during a press conference in Ilorin on Wednesday described Abdulrazaq as an ingrate that is biting fingers that fed him.

He noted the Governor had contradicted himself on the question of merit in recruiting a few teachers; Why did he fail to apply the same standard in appointing his commissioners that he had publicly admitted to having contained only one “experienced” member?

He said, “The Governor has unabashedly castigated himself by giving the statistics of teachers-students absenteeism as 40% – 30%. What is the ratio of his own absenteeism from office? He is the reflection of the teachers and students because of his legendary globetrotting on taxpayers’ money.”

The Deputy Chairman said the taciturn and reticent Governor opened up a pandora box of pettiness, selfishness, vindictiveness and small-mindedness while regurgitating his pent-up anger on 2019 campaign funds and the periscope of his trajectory of political emotional instability since 1998.

He said, “It is not surprising to those who are familiar with Governor AbdulRahman AbdulRasaq’s background, that he has continued to bite the fingers that fed him.

“He threw caution and decorum expected of a man in his position to the winds by calling the Hon. Minister of Information and Culture, Alh. Lai Mohammed unprintable names.

“Nothing can be truer than the notion that in every class of society, gratitude is the rarest of all human virtues. However, it is least expected that a man supposedly brought up in Islamic philosophy could be so unmindful of the Islamic ethical values of gratitude and moral rectitude in human relationship.”

On election campaign funding, he said, “Without any fear of contradictions and with available records at our disposal, the credits of our resounding victory at the 2019 general elections should go to the Hon. Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed and other stakeholders. The Hon. Minister sourced and disbursed funds for election campaign and logistics. Alhaji Lai did, as a party leader all that was expected and required for a party to win elections. Ironically the then gubernatorial candidate, Mallam AbdulRahman AbdulRasaq who was being assisted contributed nothing to the campaign funds which himself had earlier acknowledged. It is also important to mention that the party received no kobo as campaign fund from anybody other Alhaji Lai that we relied on, contrary to the Governor’s blackmail. All other stakeholders assisted the candidates in their own way and not through the party.

“Therefore, why the governor has continued grunting and groaning over the dead issue left much to be desired since he was yet to account for #1bn campaign grants he collected from the APC National headquarters.

Gentlemen of the press, the question is ‘who should now be robed with the garment of dishonesty?’”

Oyebiyi, on the deviation from party ideals, said, “From the horse’s mouth, Governor AbdulRahman AbdulRasaq had shot himself in the head about his loyalty and allegiance to APC manifestos when he shredded the document as “useless” and declared it a mere wastebasket material.

“This settled the public worries about his lackluster and epileptic administrative style of emotional leadership.

“We, by any stress of imagination, are not surprised by the governor’s confessional statement on his abandonment of APC party manifesto. This was the same manner he left the party in the lurch in 2019 shortly after becoming the candidate.

“After constituting two different committees on his governorship campaign elections – See The Nation, Monday, January 7, 2019, pp.38 & 39. He abandoned the party to financial harmattan, which forced the party to appeal to the Hon. Minister for a bailout that he took with sense of responsibility and diligence.

“Therefore, rather than running his mouth against the Hon. Minister, Governor AbdulRahman AbdulRasaq holds a debt of gratitude to him, the party leadership and the entire party members for his electoral victory.”

He further described Governor AbdulRazaq as a political harlot, saying he has contested election as either a Senator or Governor many times and failed.

He said, “It is laughable that Governor AbdulRahman AbdulRasaq could infer that he had won his ticket and election on his personal and family political profile! This is a lie from the pit of hell.

“We need to remind him of history: Of what political relevance was his father in Kwara state? The father contested and lost governorship election in 1979; Didn’t his mother also contest and lose councillorship election in Magaji Ngeri ward of Ilorin; Did his elder brother Alimi not contest for governorship and lost?; Didn’t his younger brother, Baba Razak contest and lose the house of representatives election and lose here in Ilorin?

“Governor Abdulrahaman Abdulrazaq’s low self-esteem and lack of intellectualism hinder him from flowing with decent and experienced people around him.

“The national secretariat of our party should be alerted that Governor AbdulRahman AbdulRasaq is a political liability and that he is dangerously navigating the party back to Egypt instead of the Promised Land that the O To Ge revolution had in stock for Kwarans.”

“The Governor had contradicted himself on the question of merit in recruiting a few teachers; Why did he fail to apply the same standard in appointing his commissioners that he had publicly admitted to have contained only one “experienced” member?

“The Governor has unabashedly castigated himself by giving the statistics of teachers-students absenteeism as 40% – 30%. What is the ratio of his own absenteeism from office? He is the reflection of the teachers and students because of his legendary globetrotting on taxpayers money,” he said.

Oyebiyi furthered, “Governor AbdulRahman AbdulRasaq had exposed himself as a congenital betrayal and pathological pretender when he asserted: “I can sit with you for 10 days, I won’t say a word to you. Because of that they underestimate me and my capacity to do anything”.”

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