October 14, 2019

Abdulrazaq using state apparatus to intimidate opposition – PDP

Abdulrazaq using state apparatus to intimidate opposition – PDP

Governor AbdulRahman AbdulRazaq of Kwara State

Demola Akinyemi – Ilorin

The Kwara State chapter of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has accused Governor Abdulrahman Abdulrazaq’s administration of using instruments of the state to intimidate political opponents and settle political scores.


Governor AbdulRazaq

In a statement issued on Monday by its state Chairman, Engr. Kola Shittu, the PDP alleged that the All Progressives Congress (APC) -led state government is using the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) to witch-hunt its members and coerce them into joining the APC.

The statement reads:” A few days ago, on the directive of the Governor Abdulrazaq, vice-chairmen and councilors of local government councils in the state were invited to the Government House, where they were addressed by a former Kwara South senator and chieftain of the APC in the state. At the meeting, the vice-chairmen and councilors were told to denounce the PDP and join the APC or else, EFCC will come after them.

“We will, therefore, not be surprised if, in the coming days, the anti-graft agency drag the council vice-chairmen and the councilors on cooked allegations of corruption. One is left to wonder if the Commission has now become an arm of Kwara APC.

“This is the same way Governor Abdulrazaq has been using the state Assembly to perpetuate his vendetta mission against political opponents in the state.

“Let it be noted that our party is not opposed to the war against corruption. We, however, reject the use of the EFCC and other state apparatus as political tools to intimidate, harass and persecute opposition members.

“We urge the council vice-chairmen, councilors and our members across the state to remain resolute and not to succumb to the intimidation of anti-democratic forces. The council chairmen, their deputies, and the councilors were duly elected by the people, and no one has the power to unlawfully usurp their positions.”