Thursday, October 29, 2020

It is disrespectful to demolish my father’s House – Gbemi Saraki tells Kwara governor

Categories

Share

The Minister of State for Transportation, Senator Gbemisola Ruqayyah Saraki, on Friday berated the governor of Kwara State, Abdulrahman Abdulrazzaq, for demolishing her father’s property.

 

She accused the governor of rushing into an attempt to settle perceived old generational family political scores.

 

She said “revenge cannot be a policy thrust of governance.”

 

She said the use of force and violence that the governor chose to adopt was totally unwarranted.

 

She said if her father, Dr. Abubakar Olusola Saraki, were to be alive, he would have been saddened by the demolition of ‘Ile Arugbo’.

 

She also said the demolition of her father’s political base was “disrespectful” to her.

 

She warned that APC’s victory in the state at the poll in the last general elections might be “short-lived or diminished” if care is not taken.

 

She said the likes of Governor Abdulrahman Abdulrazaq, who joined APC a few months to the last elections, should not be allowed to mess up the party’s fortunes in the state.

 

She asked the Inspector-General of Police to call the Commissioner of Police in Kwara State to order.

 

The minister, who made her position known in a statement she personally signed, said the art of vengeance is not what President Muhammadu Buhari or the All Progressives Congress (APC) represents.

 

She said it was unfortunate that there are some elements in APC who wanted to change the O to ge narrative of the 2019 elections to be about the Sarakis instead of the failed administration of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Kwara State.

 

But she pleaded with the people of the state, especially her father’s teeming supporters, to be calm and peaceful in the face of provocation by the governor.

 

The statement said: “At 3:00am Thursday 2nd of January 2020, the Governor of Kwara State, AbdulRahman AbdulRazaq, gave orders to the police to open fire on aged women at the contested welfare home, popularly known as ‘Ile Arugbo’ (home for the aged), owned by my father, Dr. Abubakar Olusola Saraki.

 

Again, as a loyal and dedicated daughter of my father, Dr. Abubakar Olusola Saraki, who I hold in very high esteem, I did not want to express my opinion on the propriety of the Governor’s recent political actions as it would be seen as biased because the late Waziri is my father.

 

The Minister cautioned Kwara APC against allowing some elements to turn governance into personal vendetta.

 

She condemned the violence against Sarakites and others who protested against the moves to demolish the bungalow.

 

She said it was disrespectful of the governor to have used the police to shell her personal home.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Minister of State for Transportation, Senator Gbemisola Ruqayyah Saraki, on Friday berated the governor of Kwara State, Abdulrahman Abdulrazzaq, for demolishing her father’s property.

 

She accused the governor of rushing into an attempt to settle perceived old generational family political scores.

 

She said “revenge cannot be a policy thrust of governance.”

 

She said the use of force and violence that the governor chose to adopt was totally unwarranted.

 

She said if her father, Dr. Abubakar Olusola Saraki, were to be alive, he would have been saddened by the demolition of ‘Ile Arugbo’.

 

She also said the demolition of her father’s political base was “disrespectful” to her.

 

She warned that APC’s victory in the state at the poll in the last general elections might be “short-lived or diminished” if care is not taken.

 

She said the likes of Governor Abdulrahman Abdulrazaq, who joined APC a few months to the last elections, should not be allowed to mess up the party’s fortunes in the state.

 

She asked the Inspector-General of Police to call the Commissioner of Police in Kwara State to order.

 

The minister, who made her position known in a statement she personally signed, said the art of vengeance is not what President Muhammadu Buhari or the All Progressives Congress (APC) represents.

 

She said it was unfortunate that there are some elements in APC who wanted to change the O to ge narrative of the 2019 elections to be about the Sarakis instead of the failed administration of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Kwara State.

 

But she pleaded with the people of the state, especially her father’s teeming supporters, to be calm and peaceful in the face of provocation by the governor.

 

The statement said: “At 3:00am Thursday 2nd of January 2020, the Governor of Kwara State, AbdulRahman AbdulRazaq, gave orders to the police to open fire on aged women at the contested welfare home, popularly known as ‘Ile Arugbo’ (home for the aged), owned by my father, Dr. Abubakar Olusola Saraki.

 

Again, as a loyal and dedicated daughter of my father, Dr. Abubakar Olusola Saraki, who I hold in very high esteem, I did not want to express my opinion on the propriety of the Governor’s recent political actions as it would be seen as biased because the late Waziri is my father.

 

The Minister cautioned Kwara APC against allowing some elements to turn governance into personal vendetta.

 

She condemned the violence against Sarakites and others who protested against the moves to demolish the bungalow.

 

She said it was disrespectful of the governor to have used the police to shell her personal home.