Kwara State chapter of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has said that revocation of the late Abubakar Olushola Saraki’s land by the state government shows Governor AbdulRahman AbdulRazaq’s alleged vindictiveness and vendetta against the Saraki family.
In a statement issued by the Chairman, Kola Shittu in Ilorin yesterday, it noted that the governor’s action does not reflect the interest of Kwara people, adding that the move could creating an unhealthy rivalry and crisis among people of Ilorin and the entire state.
It maintained that there was no justification for the Kwara State Government to revoke the land, which was duly acquired several years ago by the late Saraki.
This is a great error on the part of Governor AbdulRazaq and greater disservice to the memory of ‘Baba Oloye’ who made sacrifices and contributions to the development of not only Ilorin, but also the entire Kwara State in his lifetime.
“As it is well known to members of the public, the property houses the popular Ile-Arugbo, where aged people used to converge to receive food, financial support and healthcare services sponsored by the late politician and philanthropist, a tradition that has remained unbroken years after Saraki’s demise, as it has been sustained by Abubakar Bukola Saraki.
Meanwhile, labour leader and former governorship hopeful in Kwara State, Issa Aremu, has enjoined Governor AbdulRazaq to have a rethink over the revocation of the late Saraki’s land.
According to Aremu, Chief Press Secretary to the governor, Rafiu Ajakaye, had in a statement last week in Ilorin said the land was originally meant for government secretariat and parking space for the Civil Service Clinic, but “was unlawfully allocated to Asa Investments Limited, a private firm without any record of payment to the state government.”
The State government also added that no Certificate of Occupancy (C of O) was issued to the firm.
But in a statement issued yesterday in Kaduna, Aremu explained that the land revocation might cause unnecessary distraction for Governor AbdulRazaq’s administration, which he said, “had hit the ground running in terms of executing programmes and projects that have direct positive impact on Kwara people.”