From Layi Olanrewaju, Ilorin
The battle lines have drawn between social media handlers of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) and the opposition Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Kwara State, as both parties, yesterday exchanged verbal invectives over the forthcoming 2023 general elections in the state.
Trouble started when the gubernatorial candidate of the PDP, Shuaibu Abdullahi Yaman, alleged that the state cannot afford another four years of waste, profligacy and unskilled leadership whose only trademark is fanning the embers of discord and disunity within the state.
Yaman, while addressing a cross-section of Kwarans on a solidarity visit to his Abuja residence on Sunday, said the current government in the state has not only accumulated an unprecedented debt profile without commensurate development but also remains the most lawless government the state has ever had.
He claimed that rather than focusing on leaving enduring legacies as he rounds off his four years of ineffective leadership, he has again chosen the path of engaging in frivolous acts and political brigandage by raising unfounded, unsubstantiated and ridiculous allegations of a smear campaign. He charged the governor to tell Kwarans what he had done with the over N56 billion domestic debt accumulated in just three years.
But in a swift response, the ruling party described the PDP’s accusation as senseless and reckless.
A statement by Tajudeen Folaranmi Aro, the APC state Publicity Secretary in Ilorin, tagged: “PDP Insomnia and 2023 General Elections” said the diatribe was another falsehood and usual cheap propaganda by a party Kwara has rejected because of its deceit and endemic corruption during their reigns.
“The administration of Governor AbdulRazaq has no time for such dirty politics as erroneously claimed by the rejected Peoples Democratic Party. His concern is how to ensure the rapid development of the state that every Kwaran will be proud of.
“We restate that the people of Kwara can see through the congenital lies and propaganda of the PDP and have also realised the difference between the evil regime of PDP and the exemplary leadership of Governor AbdulRahman AbdulRazaq.
“The AbdulRazaq administration is not interested in paying evil for evil of the PDP. The public will recall that the PDP government through the House of Assembly passed a motion urging the National Broadcasting Commission to stop some political programmes on private radio stations in the state but this motion was ignored by the NBC because the PDP government lacked the power to give the commission directives..
“Kwarans are now free from the oppressive regime of the PDP and have vowed never to return the party to power.
They can never forget how the wrecked Party dehumanized civil servants and aged retirees at State and Local Governments levels by refusing to pay them salaries, pensions and gratuities for over two years even when the government was receiving huge allocations and bailouts from the Federal Government.