The Kwara State chapter of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, says the outcome of Governor Abdulrahman Abdulrazaq’s two years in office has been woeful, as he has failed to fulfil several of the promises he and his party made to Kwarans during the 2019 electioneering.
The party asserted that the Governor had failed to meet the expectations, yearnings and aspirations of the people, noting that Kwarans’ disillusionment with his administration is rife.
In a statement by its State Chairman, Hon. Kola Shittu, the Kwara PDP said “It is impossible to find anyone on the streets of Kwara who has a word of praise for Governor Abdulrazaq’s performance in office except his cronies and bootlickers.
“Governor Abdulrazaq has failed woefully on many fronts of governance. There is no significant accomplishment or achievement the governor and his handlers can showcase to Kwarans. We challenge the Governor to point at any landmark project it initiated and completed in any part of the State since he assumed office two years ago,” the party added.
According to the PDP, the present administration has been characterized by sheer incompetence, impunity, growing insecurity, unbridled corruption, contract inflation, divisiveness, illegalities, disrespect to the rule of law, vindictiveness, pettiness and intolerance to dissenting voices, among others.
The party described the report and the recommendation of the white-paper committee as ficticious and a mere means to distract Kwarans from the inaptitudenes and failure of the Abdulrahman Abdulrazaq led APC administration in the state.
The Kwara PDP said “rather than taking responsibility for his incompetence and failures, Governor Abdulrazaq will resort to giving lame excuses, apportion blames and deceive Kwarans with false performance claims, lies and propaganda.
“In 2019, Governor Abdulrazaq promised Kwara workers that he would implement the N30,000 new minimum wage if elected. But two years into his tenure, he has failed to honour his promise. While states with lesser resources have implemented the national minimum wage, there is no hope that the present administration in Kwara will follow suit, despite the economic hardship the people are going through. The Civil service is the engine of the government; we therefore advise Governor Abdulrazaq to immediately approve the implementation of the minimum wage to encourage the workers.
“Within the first two years of Abdulrazaq’s government, Kwarans have witnessed unprecedented impunity and infractions such as the unlawful suspension of elected local government chairmen and dissolution of duly constituted statutory commissions, flagrant disobedience of valid court orders, among other illegalities.
“The current administration is also lacking in financial discipline, transparency and accountability. Corruption is rife under the Abdulrazaq administration. Government’s spendings are shrouded in secrecy while contracts are awarded to cronies of the Governor at inflated sums. In most cases, contracts are not advertised and contractors’ identities are hidden from the public and only known to the Governor, as the State Executive Council is also excluded. It is that bad in Kwara that governance has been reduced to family affairs as matters are some times concluded on WhatsApp.
“It is imperative for Governor Abdulrazaq and his party to take responsibility for their failures and should also realize that Kwarans are tired and frustrated with the poor state of governance in the State, and no amount of false claims, lies and propaganda can beguile them.”
Kabir Olanrewaju Ishowo is a Kwara-Born, a community developer, An Online Media Practioner and the CEO/Publisher of Gistmeblog247.