KWARA SENATOR DECLARES SARAKI AS ‘ TYRANT BOSS’
A sociopolitical organisation in Kwara state, Kwara South Unity Forum (KSUF) has said that it has instituted a recall process against the Senator representing Kwara South Senatorial District, Rafiu Ibrahim, at the National Assembly.
Accordingly, the group said it had dispatched letters to the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) and the National Assembly to that effect.
In a twist to the development through a reaction by students under the auspices of National Association of Students, the state branch, National Association of Kwara State Students (NAKSS) passed a vote of confidence on the senator.
Speaking with journalists in Ajase-Ipo, Irepodun local government area on Sunday, state chairman of NANS, Comrade Abdulkadir Aliyu, said that the senator had been a man of the people and father of Nigerian students in the constituency.
The Kwara South Forum had said that its decision was born out of the underperformance and poor representation of the Kwara South senatorial district under Senator Ibrahim.
Addressing reporters in Ijagbo, Oyun local government area of the state at the weekend, President of the forum Comrade John Adegboye said “the current system of representation we are experiencing under Senator Ibrahim is archaic, demeaning, dehumanising and also unacceptable. We are no longer under the precolonial dispensation where there is an indirect rule.
“We can proof Kwara South are appalled by the fact that a man whom we unanimously elected as a senator to represent us in the 8th Assembly, has now openly declared that he has ‘boss’ other than we the good people of Kwara South, that he takes directives from us.
“We make bold to call your attention to the physical implications of this show of subservience. In almost three years, where are the federal projects the senator has attracted to the district?”
Adegboye added that the senator had continued to dismiss “our elders and insult our common patrimony by telling that he must consult with his boss.
“It is therefore under this circus that the good people of the Kwara South today decide to intimate the generality of Nigerians about our intention to recall him.”
Reacting to the group’s intention students under the auspices of National Association of Students, the state branch, National Association of Kwara state students (NAKSS) passed confidence vote on the senator.
Also speaking with reporters in Ajase-Ipo, Irepodun locally government area, state chair of NANS, Comrade Abdulkadir Aliyu said the senator is a man of the people and father of Nigerian students in the constituency.
Aliyu added that the sensor’s leadership qualities and open door policy had endeared him to the students.
He said this can be attested to by the construction of relaxation centre to University of Ilorin students, students empowerment scheme, renovation of Offa Township Hall, free SSCE and JAMB registration. Others are sponsorship of students programmes, scholarships, free vocational training.
“Without an iota of doubt, we are convinced that his leadership deserves a great applause,” he added.
In his reaction, former transition implementation chair, Irepodun local government Kashim Adekeye described the plan to recall as a cheap talk.
Adekeye added that “anybody can decide to say what he likes. I am aware the senator has brought another developmental project to this constituency. And in our party the All Progressives Congress we have our leaders we are following. All of us the followers of Senate President Bukola Saraki are united under that banner. My general advice is for both parties to engage in dialogue to resolve their differences if there.”