Interview: Saheed Popoola Highlights Five Ways Kwara Governor Goofed

 

The member representing Ojomu State Constituency in Kwara State House of Assembly, Hon Saheed Popoola has highlighted five ways Governor AbdulRahman Abdulrazaq goofed in his recent interview with Thisday Newspaper.

Hon Saheed Popoola gave his response to the interview on Harmony FM programme monitored by The Elites Watch on Thursday.

The lawmaker said the comments shouldn’t have been made at a time the ruling APC needed in-house building ahead of the task ahead of it.

He also dismissed the insinuation that Governor Abdulrazaq gifted him the All Progressives Congress ticket to run for House of Assembly in build up to 2019 electioneering process.

Hon Saheed Popoola with Governor AbdulRahman Abdulrazaq

The Offa born politician noted he won the House of Representatives ticket APC primary election of Offa/Oyun/Ifelodun Federal constituency  in 2018.

His words: “I am saying emphatically that it is insulting for anyone to say he gifted me the Assembly ticket. The comment on my person by the governor is very watery, reckless, and lacks the proper perspective of the actual event during the electioneering in 2019. For prosperity’s sake, I won the House of Representatives ticket in our Federal constituency during the party primaries in 2018 while my respected boss, Arc. Lola Ashiru won the Senate ticket. It was then that the party waded in when there were contestations that the Senate and Rep tickets could not be retained in the same local government.

“After several deliberations, The party asked our community (Offa) to decide for us as to which one will be dropped for the other. In fairness to my community, I was asked to let go of my Rep ticket for the other person to run for a higher position which is the Senate. As a lover of my community, I accepted the decision weighed by our community to throw my hat off the ring and allow Arc. Lola Ashiru to run for the Senate.”

Popoola explained that party leadership  implore him to run for House of Assembly with the hope of giving principal officer position.

He furthered: “I believe it was after their diligence that the party decided that I should run as a Member of the House of Assembly in their bid for me to become a Principal Officer at the Hallowed Chamber. Left for me, I wouldn’t have responded to his comment, but for posterity’s sake, I will say it is disappointing and embarrassing on my personality.

“Like the popular saying, as the Day is no more, People forgets easily but History would never forget. Either for good or bad, I shall be remembered for something when I’m no more in active politics.”

When asked about his comment on the recent defection of the Former Kwara Minister of Transportation, Rt. Hon. Bio Ibrahim, The lawmaker who expressed with utmost disappointment affirmed that the defected ex-minister remains a strong political figure in the state describing his defection as a big blow to the ruling APC in Kwara.

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