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2019: Abdulrazaq Emerges Most Popular Politician In Kwara



Kwara APC gober candidate, Abdulrahman Abdulrazaq has dethroned the Senate President, Bukola Saraki to become the most popular politician in Kwara State.
This revelation was contained in a survey conducted by Kwara Must Change (KMC), the leading pro-Democracy group in Kwara State.

Kwara Must Change (KMC) in a statement signed by its State Coordinator, Comrade Yusuf Olatunji, made public over the weekend announced that the Governorship candidate of All Progressive Congress (APC), Alhaji Abdulrahman Abdulrazaq is now the most popular politician in Kwara State, dethroning the Senate President, Bukola Saraki who used to enjoy such status.

This development, the group said is an indication of is to be expected in the 2019 general election in the state.

Comrade Yusuf Olatunji noted that, the result of its survey conducted in the 16 local government areas of Kwara shows that, Abdulrahman Abdulrazaq is the most popular politician in Kwara State not just among the elites, but also among the masses of the state, ranging from market women, taxi drivers, okada riders as well as artisans.

Popularity, according to the Kwara Must Change is not based on reports on the pages of newspapers, but on the street and among the common people, which explains why KMC went on the street to sample the opinion of those that really matters.

‘’Kwara Must Change conducted this research among taxi drivers, okada and keke napep riders, market women, artisans and students of tertiary institutions and the result of the survey shows that Abdulrahman has a staggering 61% popularity rate, compared to his closest rival, Bukola Saraki, who has only 27%’’.

According to the group, other politicians who enjoyed considerable popularity include Chairman of Sobi F.M, Alhaji Lukman Mustapha, former Federal Character boss, Prof Abdulraheem Oba, PDP governorship candidate, Razak Atunwa, former APC governorship aspirant, Alhaji Shuaibu Yaman, AMB. Yahaya Seriki, APC senatorial aspirant, Comrade Musbau Esinrogunjo, Kwara State governor, Abdulfatah Ahmed among others.

Kwara Must Change explained that, out of the 500 taxi drivers interviewed, more than 50% spoke highly positive of Abdulrahman Abdulrazaq. A taxi driver was quoted as saying, ‘’there is no day the name Abdulrahman Abdulrazaq is not mentioned and discussed inside his taxi by passengers and also at their park’’

Another taxi driver maintained that for him, he believes very strongly that Abdulrahman will easily emerge victorious in 2019 governorship election as his presence is felt in every home and in the heart of majority of the people.

Furthermore, Kwara Must Change also stated that, out of the 1000 okada and keke napep riders interviewed, more than 70% spoke highly favorable of Abdulrahman Abdulrazaq.

Similarly in the markets, over 55% of the respondents believe Abdulrahman will become governor in 2019. The market women, while giving the assurances, most of the market women will also accompany their assurance with an arabic prayer ‘’insha Allah’’, which literally means ‘’by the grace of God’’.

While more than 65% of artisans gave Abdulrahman positive rating, only about 35% of students of tertiary institutions in the state are also positive.

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After Meeting NGF Chairman, Akpabio Apologies To state Governors Over N30bn Claim



The President of the Senate, Godswill Akpabio, has finally apologised to the Nigeria Governors’ Forum (NGF) under the leadership of Governor Abdulrahman Abdulrazaq of Kwara State over his comment on the N30bn allowance allegedly given to them to cushion the effect of inflation in food prices.

This was coming after the Senate President held a meeting with the NGF Chairman and some of his counterparts in Abuja yesterday.

Akpabio had, at a plenary sitting last Tuesday, said an “unverified report” indicated that state governors received N30bn each from the Federation Account to cushion the effect of inflation and the high cost of food prices.

The statement has generated controversies in the public space, with some commentators asking governors to come clean about the money they did not collect.

However, on Monday, Akpabio in a statement by his Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Eseme Eyiboh, retracted the statement, saying the SP held the governors in high esteem.

The statement reads below:

“During the session, the President of the Senate commented on the payment of an unverified cumulative sum of about N30bn to the sub-national governments by the Federal Government for various interventions to ameliorate the food situation of our citizens at the sub-national governments.

“The unfortunate conjectures to take away the kernel in the material facts of FAAC payment are rather regretted. In considering the well-intended motive of urging state governments to collaborate with the Federal government of President Bola Tinubu to facilitate strategic interventions to mitigate the prevailing economic situation in the country remains the underpinning motivation in the comment.

“The President of the Senate is not oblivious to the fact that state governments are functional partners in all the efforts of the current administration of President Bola Tinubu and are also valuable stakeholders’ in the various legislative engagements of the legislature in creating the nexus between the legislature and the people.”

Eyiboh added that Akpabio has always demonstrated commitment to team building and shall not do less in the circumstance.

He, therefore, urged the sub-national governments not to be distracted by any misunderstanding of the context and true meaning of the statement.

He added, “The President of the Senate recognises and appreciates the current efforts of the governors at ameliorating the adverse effects of the current inclement socio-economic environment and therefore invites more hands on the plow to complement the renewed hope agenda.”

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“I Discourage Young People From Leaving The Country Because Abroad You Get Only 9-5 Jobs, But In Nigeria You Can Wake Up One Day And Become A Minister” — Rotimi Amaechi



In his words; ‘’I have always discouraged those who want to leave the country. You can always get a 9-5 job when you leave the country but you can never get the opportunity you will get in Nigeria. You can just wake up one day and become a Minister in Nigeria, a governor. It just happens. I don’t know how this country operates. If you are looking for opportunities, please stay back in Nigeria”

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No Community Should Be Asked To Pay For Transformers, Cables, Poles -Minister Warns Discos



“It is the responsibility of the distribution companies to provide transformers, cables and poles to communities so that power supply can improve.

“A situation where communities buy transformers, cables and poles must stop. I know that you have these centers but how effective are they to ensure that customer complaints are attended to?

“As a minister, I don’t want to hear news of communities being asked to purchase electric transformers, cables and poles. If the consumers are paying for the electricity, then it is the responsibility of the distribution companies to provide these items.

“There must be improvement in power supply. That is what the government planned to do. People should not pay for darkness. When people have a 24-hour power supply, they can pay double for electricity because you have saved them the money to power generators.

“We don’t want to hear the news of communities buying transformers, cables and poles for themselves again. The federal government frowns at it. You see what we have done in Kaduna. Service to our people is paramount. It is the responsibility that Mr. President has placed on us. You are not number one, two or three, you are struggling to be number four on the rating.” -Adebayo Adelabu, Power Minister At Meeting With IEDC Mgt

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