Your statement on Offa robbery is a misstep, PDP tells Kwara gov-elect
Kwara State Chapter of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) has criticised the state governor-elect, Alhaji AbdulRahman AbdulRazaq’s reported plan to interface with the police on the issue of the notorious Offa robbery incident.
The party, in a statement issued in Ilorin by its state Publicity Secretary, Tunde Ashaolu, said AbdulRazaq was allegedly ignorant of the issues concerning the Offa robbery case.
The statement read: “Our attention has been drawn to a statement credited to Abdulrahman AbdulRazaq who has just been elected as next governor of Kwara State in last Saturday’s election to the effect that he will probe the Offa robbery incident after he is sworn in.
“While we consider it the prerogative of a governor to choose what will be the priority of his administration, we believe this statement suggests that one of these three things is happening to the governor-elect. He is ignorant of the issues concerning the Offa robbery case and has been given a wrong briefing. He does not understand how criminal investigation and prosecution process work or he is just out-rightly mischievous. He may also just want to start his administration by overheating the polity.
“Whichever one is the case, we in the Kwara State People’s Democratic Party (PDP) will like to let AbdulRazaq know that the police have comprehensively investigated the Offa robbery case and sent their reports to the Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) in the Office of the Attorney-General of the Federation (AGF) on two different occasions. And on each occasion, the DPP gave a clean bill of health to both the President of the Senate, Dr. Abubakar Bukola Saraki and incumbent Governor of Kwara State, Alhaji AbdulFatai Ahmed.
“It is also on the basis of these concluded investigations that the suspects are now being prosecuted in the High Court in Ilorin.
“We, therefore, wonder what investigation AbdulRazaq still wants to conduct on the issue.
“However, if this is a priority to him, he should feel free to pursue it.
“Also, we need to state clearly that if in his first public statement AbdulRazaq sent a strong signal that he would lay emphasis on victimisation, demonisation and witch-hunt rather than talk about governance and the need to diligently serve the people, he may actually have also indicated that the peace, stability and development of the state will not be a priority to him.
“AbdulRazaq should know that though our leaders have trod the path of peace by congratulating him and others who emerged from the last elections, if the style he wants to adopt in governing Kwara State is to blackmail and witch-hunt people, we shall be ready for him.
“Our leaders have made it clear that we are willing to give him the opportunity and co-operation he needs to provide good governance for our people. However, if his interest is to jeopardise the peace and create disharmony in the state, we shall be ready to show him that we have the capacity to match his war-mongering. A word is enough for the wise.”
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