By G9ija

Kwara state Governor AbdulRahman AbdulRazaq Wednesday raised the alarm that some politicians are planning to launch violent attacks on members of the public to allegedly smear his name.

Governor AbdulRazaq therefore drew the attention of the general public and the security agencies on these grand plots by some political interests and their enablers to sustain a campaign of calumny against his government.

Addressing reporters in Ilorin, the state capital the governor’s Spokesperson Rafiu Ajakaye said that the “plots include sponsoring urchins and other violent elements to launch violent attacks on
members of the public and some political interests and then blame it on the governor.

“The objective of the plotters is to create a false image for the Governor as a promoter of violence, thereby heating up the polity in the name of politics and pitching him against the public. The desperadoes behind this plot do not care about the safety of the ordinary people and their properties.

“The image they desperately seek to give the governor is contrary to the sustained policy of the governor not to patronise thugs or any violent elements as was the case in the recent past. Rather than deploy the children of other people for political violence, the governor desires to build a state that gives everyone, including those long condemned to thuggery and other antisocial behaviour, a fair chance to lead decent life.

However, his adversaries have perfected their plans to constantly link him to violence for their selfish reasons.

“They have resolved to make the state ungovernable for their own selfish agenda. Central to this evil plot is a resolve to instigate crisis/attacks and then instruct those who carry out the attacks to
“drop” the names of the Governor or his aides as their sponsors. They want to go as far as sowing cloths with the signature (AA) initials of the governor and give same to their foot soldiers or hit men to wear in order to blackmail the governor.”

Ajakaye said: “Another leg of the evil campaign is a planned and sustained media campaign of calumny woven around baseless allegations of corruption, contract inflation and the likes using doctored documents and wicked innuendoes. All of these are targeted at the governor because he chooses to do things differently. His only sin is his principled stand that Otoge means we cannot continue to share public patrimony to a few individuals.

“He is being targeted for malicious campaigns because he chooses to be his own man, and not to be another stooge who would be tossed around to do biddings other than what the public expects of him. We urge members of the public to ignore the propaganda and refuse to be pitted against the people Governor who is so passionate about the development of the state. Those behind the plots have paid for radio slots and mobilised various bloggers and social media influencers to
constantly attack the person of the Governor.

“We therefore enjoin members of the public and the media to take note of these evil plots to blackmail the Governor, and be properly guided. We are however certain that forces of evil have never triumphed over forces of good, no matter how hard they try or whatever alliances they
strike within or outside of the state.”