Revocation of ‘Ile-Arugbo’ Land: a Disservice to the Memory of Baba Oloye – PDP


The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Kwara State says the revocation of the land belonging to late icon of Kwara politics, Dr Abubakar Olushola Saraki by the State Government is a further demonstration of Governor Abdulrahman Abdulrazaq’s vindictiveness and vendetta mission against the Saraki family.

The party in a statement issued by its State Chairman, Hon. (Engr.) Kola Shittu, noted that the action of the Governor does not in anyway reflect the interest of Kwarans, adding that such move was capable of creating rivalry and crisis among people of Ilorin in particular and the State in general.

“The Kwara PDP maintains that there is no basis or justification for the Kwara State Government to revoke the land which was duly acquired many years ago by the late Dr Abubakar Olusola Saraki. This is a great error on the part of Governor Abdulrazaq and greater disservice to the memory of Baba Oloye who during his lifetime made sacrifices and contributions to the development of not only Ilorin Emirate but Kwara as a whole and even beyond.

“As it is well known to the members of the public, the landed property houses the popular Ile-Arugbo, where aged people used to converge on to receive food, financial support and healthcare services sponsored by the late politician and philantropist; a tradition that has remained unbroken years after Baba’s demise as it has been sustained by his son, Dr Abubakar Bukola Saraki CON.

“The widespread condemnation that has greeted the revocation of the property is a clear indication that the Governor’s move is not in tandem with the interest of people of Kwara. He is, therefore, advised to listen to voice of reason and have a rethink.

“Also, Governor Abdulrazaq should know that there is absolutely nothing he can do to exterminate Baba Saraki’s legacies and that of his son, Dr Abubakar Bukola Saraki or erase their love in the hearts of Kwarans. The duo have genuinely served Kwara and will continue to be loved for their respective contributions to the development of the State.

“Governor Abdulrazaq needs to be reminded that he was elected to deliver governance and development and not to settle family or political scores. He should jettison issues and actions that do not promote the interests and development of the people of Kwara.

“Finally, the Kwara PDP calls on traditional rulers, spiritual and community leaders and stakeholders in the State to call Governor Abdulrazaq to order as his recent reckless actions are capable of inciting violence and destabilising the State. The kind of politics being played by the Governor is toxic for the harmony Kwara has enjoyed for decades.

“Governor Abdulrazaq should stop beating the drums of war. He may sooner than later overreach himself. Kwarans are desirous of good governance and development; this should be the focus of any responsible, visionary and people-centric leader.”

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