FORMER Senate leader, Dr. Olusola Saraki, has advised traditional rulers in Kwara State not to fret over threats by the state government to downgrade those who failed to support the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, in the coming general elections.
Speaking during a campaign tour of the Allied Congress Party of Nigeria, ACPN, to Oyun Local Government Area of the state, Saraki said he had heard stories that the government was trying to hoodwink royal fathers to support the PDP while also threatening to deal with those who failed to do so.
“We have witnessed this type of tactic before. It will fail, because this government cannot do anything in three weeks,” Saraki said at the palace of Elerin of Erin-Ile, Oba Abdulganiyu Ajibola.
The strongman of Kwara politics also accused the PDP government of “indiscriminate and punitive “transfer of teachers who allegedly showed sympathy for other parties beside PDP.
“I am sure after the elections, they will come back to beg for forgiveness,” he said, even as he revealed that he was passing through a difficult political phase in his life.”
Saraki deplored the recourse to violence by politicians and promised to ensure that those who engaged in violent conduct in the state were brought to justice.
He said he was promoting the governorship bid of her daughter, Senator Gbemisola Saraki, because she was capable, reliable and trustworthy.
“My interest is the peace, progress and rapid development of Kwara State. I have never considered religion or ethnic affinity in supporting any candidate for governor,” Saraki said.
Oba Ajibola described Saraki as a political icon who had fought great political battles.
“He is one of the most eminent politicians left in Nigeria. Once he takes a political position, whoever says no must be going astray,” Oba Ajibola said.