Crackdown On ACN Stalwarts In Kwara Imminent -ACN

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The Action Congress of Nigeria, ACN, has warned  of an imminent crackdown on its members in Kwara state in the aftermath of the massive defection of prominent members of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, and ACPN to its fold in recent times.

In a statement issued in Akure on  Monday by its National Publicity Secretary, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, the party expressed concern over the sabre rattling  and provocative statements that have been emanating from the PDP government controlled organs in the state before, during and after the defection of their former loyalists to the ACN

It has become fashionable for the PDP controlled  government in Kwara State to find in the ACN a ready scape goat for its maladministration, incompetence,  profligacy and anti-people policies which have totally alienated the long suffering people of the state from their under performing government, the party explained.

According to the party, it is no longer a secret that Kwara state government is owing its workers several months of unpaid salaries.However, in its usual penchant for looking for a scape goat for its shortcomings, the state government has perfected plans to arrest  and detain ACN stalwarts whenever the workers go on strike as if the workers need to be instigated by anyone to demand their legitimate rights.

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“To keen watchers of Kwara State politics, this will not come as a surprise as the ACN was also held responsible for the violent protest that greeted the ban on commercial motorcyclists  in the state recently, and a strident call was made for the arrest of ACN chieftains when the  representatives of the government were booed and pelted with missiles  at the Muslim praying ground last August,” the party added

The profligacy, scandalous massive deductions by the state government of funds meant for local government councils, incompetence, cronyism , and anti -people policies of the government  has  brought  such untold hardship to the people and left the state under developed that the people are left with no choice than to leave the sinking PDP in droves and embrace ACN, the party explained.

“For a government that has repeatedly proclaimed to the world that the opposition is dead in the state, the recent  massive defection of its former loyalists was bound to jolt and send  it to overdrive especially given the  quality of the political giants that left to join  the ACN such as: Chief James Ayeni,  the first Executive Chairman of Irepodun Local Government of the state and a three time Commissioner in the state, the most recent  tenure being under Governor Bukola Saraki  himself; Engineer Jide Usman, two term Executive Chairman of Ifelodun Local Government Council in the state  the biggest local government Council in the state; Barrister Abiodun Dada former  Auditor of the PDP in Ekiti Local  Government Area of the State, and Ayo  Idowu,  a member the Kwara State House Of Assmbly 2007-2011.

“Others are:hief J. S. Adedoyin  a former state director of local government and chieftaincy affairs and a grassroots politician; Barrister Akinmade Yahaya Abolarin,  the former state legal adviser of ACPN; Alhaji  Issa Raji (alias Kingibe of Kwara State)  a former member of Kwara state Independent Electoral Commission; Mr Teju Titiloye  former member  Governing Council College  of Education, Kotongora; Barrister B. A. Atolagbe  former supervisory councillor Irepodun local government council of the state and former member Kwara State Scholarship Board; and Olanrewaju  Shuaibu arguably the most redoubtable grassroots politician in Irepodun  Local Government Area of the state,” the party said.
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