Governor Ahmed also urged them to support other candidates of the party taking part in the coming general elections.
On their part, the organised labour declared their support for the party after signing an agreement with the governor who led top government officials to the meeting.
“In view of the MoU, the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC), Trade Union Congress (TUC), Joint Negotiations Council (JNC) and all affiliated unions resolve to fully support Kwara State government and all candidates of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) for the 2019 general elections,” the organised labour said in a letter.
The Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) was signed by Yekini Agunbiade (NLC), Nasir Olumo (TUC), and Salihu Sulyman (JNC).
Others who signed the document are Toyin Salihu, Yusuf Salihu, and Seidu Oladimeji, who represented the National Union of Teachers (NUT), National Union of Local Government Employees (NULGE), and National Union of Pensioners (NUP) respectively.
He said, “As you are aware, political campaigns have commenced ahead of the general elections.
“In keeping with the tradition in our state, these campaigns were expected to be robust but peaceful. Unfortunately, what we have witnessed is an increasing resort to criminality as a result of heightened political activities with a consequent threat to law and order. Let me make it clear, we will not let our state slide back to the dark era of fear and violence.
“No Individual, group or political party would be allowed to disrupt the harmony that defines us as a people. In this regard, let there be no doubt that the full weight of the law will be brought to bear on perpetrators of violence.
“Anyone found to have either contributed to the recent violence or apprehended for involvement would be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law, no matter their status, background or political affiliations”.
The Kwara State Governor Abdulfatah Ahmed has called for the inclusion of more women in politics.
While hosting a group called Women in Technical Education and Employment in his office in Ilorin, the state capital on Wednesday, he said there is a need to give women equal rights with their male counterparts.
According to the governor, this is the time to tap into the capacity of women which he believes will allow them to contribute their quota to national economic development.
He also called for a review of technical education which he believes will put Nigeria in the driver’s seat of Africa.
Olalekan Alabi, an aide to the Kwara State Governor, Abdulfatah Ahmed, on Monday filed an application before a Kwara State High Court sitting in Ilorin, seeking to commence committal proceedings against the Inspector General of Police (IGP), Ibrahim Idris, for contempt of court.
Alabi approached the court through his counsel, Adebayo Adelodun (SAN), to effect the service of Form 49, which is a notice of committal to prison on the IGP for disobeying court order directing his release from police custody.
The service of Form 49 on the IGP means that he will be summoned by the court to show cause why he should not be committed to prison for having disobeyed the order of court to release Alabi.
Alabi has been in police custody in Abuja since May 30, 2018, following his arrest over his alleged link with Offa bank robbery suspects.
Subsequently, on Wednesday, August 1, 2018, the Kwara State High Court granted him an interim bail after declaring that his continued detention by the police was illegal and unjustifiable.
While granting him the bail in the sum of N20million with two reliable sureties in like sum, Justice A.I. Yusuf also held that the police had failed to justify why they kept the governor’s aide in detention for over two months, despite perfecting his bail conditions.
Thereafter, the court on August 14, issued a Form 48 to the IGP, which is an initiation of the contempt proceeding.
It stated, “Take notice that unless you obey the directions contained in the order of the High Court of Justice of Kwara State delivered on August 1, 2018, you will be guilty of contempt of court and will be liable to be committed to prison.”
According to Alabi, the IGP failed to respond to the notice which prompted him (Alabi) to approach the court to serve him (the IGP) a Form 49.
The Kwara State Governor, Abdulfatah Ahmed, has defended his decision to defect from the ruling All Progressives Congress APC for the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).
Governor Ahmed explained that contrary to claims, his defection was not for selfish reasons but to secure a better platform with abundant opportunities for the people of Kwara State.
He spoke about the defection at the Government House in Ilorin when he received a delegation from Oro in Irepodun Local Government Area led by the National President of the Oro Descendants Union, Uthman Balogun.
According to him, the benefits that accrued to the state under the APC were not commensurate with the 100 per cent victory the party recorded in 2015.
“The desired expectation is not achieved while some individuals are being persecuted by the government,” he said.
The governor and all but one of the members of the Kwara State House of Assembly had defected from the APC to the PDP last week along with Senate President Bukola Saraki.
While some have argued that their motives were selfish, the governor insists the defections were as a result of injustice.
“Injustice within the party is unbearable,” he said.
He encouraged the people of Kwara to remain united and understand that the change process was for collective interest, and that they were better off when working together.
Kwara State Governor Abdulfatah Ahmed has dumped the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) for the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).
Ahmed left the ruling APC alongside Senate President Bukola Saraki who announced his defection on his official Twitter handle @bukolasaraki.
Ahmed also announced his defection using his official Twitter handle @AbdulfataAhmed. He said his decision to join the PDP follows consultations with major stakeholders.
Following consultations and in response to calls by major stakeholders in the state, I have moved to the PDP as APC can no longer serve as a platform for achieving the aspirations and expectations of my people.
Kwara State Governor Abdulfatah Ahmed has again faulted those linking him and Senate President Bukola Saraki to the robbery incident that claimed many lives in Offa.
The governor condemned the action during an interview on Channels Television’s Roadmap 2019, a special political programmed aired on Mondays.
“It is only laughable to see and hear that I would be involved, or the Senate President would be involved in a process that will be counterproductive to what we are putting resources in, to ensure that the lives and activities of people change for the better,” he said.
Governor Ahmed wondered how such allegation could be made against him and the Senate President, having spent many years trying to improve service delivery and ensuring that democracy dividends reach the people.
He faulted the situation where people make very serious statements to indict senior citizens on a national television instead of focusing on how to nip the crime in the bud.
“I think we should begin to look at more seriously how we should begin to take security issues because as it were, the economy of Kwara is highly dependent on commercial activities,” the governor said.
He further explained that the state government had to re-engineer its internally generated revenue collection in Offa after the incident had slowed down the economic activities in the community.
Governor Ahmed, however, stressed that it was time to look more seriously at those issues that would change the economic situation in Nigeria and reform the security position to give more confidence and comfort to the people.
Several persons were killed when about dozens of gunmen raided some commercial banks on April 5 in Offa town, the headquarters of Offa Local Government Area of the state.
The suspected armed robbers were said to have killed at least 30 people and reportedly attacked a police station in the area during the incident.
Some of the suspects were later arrested after a thorough investigation by the police, leading to the indictment of the Senate President and the governor by some of the said culprits.
Senator Saraki and Governor Ahmed have since denied any connection with the suspects and condemned the allegations as baseless.
For the full interview with Governor Abdulfatah Ahmed, watch Roadmap 2019 on Monday, July 9 at 9:00 pm only on Channels Television.
Kwara State Governor, Abdulfatah Ahmed, has denied police allegations of sponsoring, funding and supporting political thuggery.
In a statement issued on Sunday by his Senior Special Assistant on Media and Communication, Dr Muyideen Akorede, the Governor described the allegations as false.
He also rejected his alleged indictment by the police and the suspects involved in the Offa bank robbery, who are currently in custody.
The statement read in part: “Kwara State Governor, Alhaji Abdulfatah Ahmed denies the allegations of supporting political thuggery or any other acts of criminality as alleged by the Nigeria Police or the suspects allegedly arrested in connection with the tragic Offa robbery.
“Neither has he at any time funded or provided arms to any individual or group in the state or anywhere in the country”.
Furthermore, the Governor affirmed that while the state government has empowered several youth groups under its acclaimed Small and Medium Enterprises (SME) scheme, neither he nor the state government can be held liable for how beneficiaries utilize the credit.
He, therefore, urged the police to complete their investigations and charge the suspects to court soon in line with the dictates of the rule of law.
Akorede said, “To set the records straight, the Kwara State Government has a well-known empowerment scheme under the Small And Medium Enterprises platform which is used to move women and youths groups into entrepreneurship.
“Consequently, several youth and women groups have benefitted from the scheme to date. However, at no point did the Kwara State government directly provide funds to any group known as Good Boys for any purpose.
Similarly, if any of the beneficiaries chose to use the SME credit secured from the government to purchase a vehicle which was then alleged to have been used for an act of criminality, the Kwara State Governor and indeed the state government cannot be held liable for such actions since neither had prior knowledge of such intentions on beneficiaries’ part”.
The statement came shortly after Senate President Bukola Saraki was invited by the Nigeria Police force also in connection with the bank robbery.
A statement released earlier by the Force Spokesperson, Jimoh Moshood, today (Sunday), said five of the suspects who confessed to the crime had claimed that they were political thugs of the Senate President and Governor Ahmed.
Also according to the police, the five gang leaders further confessed that they were operating under the name Youth Liberation Movement a.k.a “Good Boys” and were sponsored with firearms, money and operational vehicles by the Senate President and Governor Ahmed.
A tale of sorrow, tears and blood..
About 30 robbers had hit the town on April 5, 2108, raiding five commercial banks around Owode Market, an area in Offa Local Government Area of the state.
According to the police, over 33 innocent persons were killed and several others injured after the attack which lasted for hours.
Some of those killed included some pregnant women and nine police personnel.
The robbers were also said to have made away with several millions of naira from the banks.
Days after the incident, the Kwara State Government placed a N5million bounty on the suspects behind the robbery.
According to Akorede, the Governor was deeply saddened by the incident and therefore, said that the money would be offered to anyone who could provide information that would lead to the arrest and prosecution of the suspects.
The Kwara State government has banned night cattle grazing in the state, as part of efforts to ensure greater peace between farmers and herdsmen and all members of the society.
This was part of the resolutions adopted at the expanded State Security Committee Meeting which held on Tuesday in Ilorin, the state capital.
Earlier before the meeting went into a closed-door session, the state governor, Abdulfatah Ahmed, explained that the move was adopted to minimise conflicts between farmers and herdsmen.
The governor said it was also targeted at improving efforts to identify, apprehend and prosecute those suspected of destroying herders’ cattle or farmlands and crops, especially in view of the impending farming season.
He added that the meeting was convened to review and strengthen the current security situation in the state, with regard to farmers and herdsmen.
Governor Ahmed further stressed the need to improve the state’s security to prevent the occurrence of clashes between farmers and herdsmen that have led to deaths of several innocent citizens in some parts of the country.
The meeting which lasted for about three hours was attended by heads of security agencies, chairpersons of the 16 local government councils, traditional rulers as well as representatives of farmers and the Miyetti Allah Cattle Rearers Association of Nigeria in the state.
Briefing reporters at Government House, the Senior Special Assistant to the Governor on Media, Dr Muideen Akorede, said the meeting resolved that night grazing would no longer be allowed in the state.
He added that all security agencies in the state were also enjoined to approach any fraction between suspected herdsmen and farmers as an issue of the law without criminalising any group of people.
According to the governor’s aide, the meeting also advocated the adoption of community policing across local councils in the state to ensure vigilance and information sharing by all residents to forestall any acts of criminality.
He said the meeting agreed that no group should be allowed to make any incursions into any of the communities in the state, without appropriate profiling in terms of bringing a letter from their former community to respective community traditional rulers for identification before they can be allowed to settle in any part of the state.
Governor Abdulfatah Ahmed of Kwara State has carried out a minor cabinet reshuffle.
The cabinet reshuffle affected four commissioners and is aimed at giving governance in the state a boost, a statement by the Secretary to the Kwara State Governor, Isiaka Sola Gold said.
According to the statement, Governor Ahmed moved Mr Idris Garba from the Ministry of Energy to the Ministry of Industry and Solid Mineral Resources, while Fumilayo Isiaka Oniwa moves from Ministry of Industry and Solid Mineral Resources to the Ministry of Commerce and Cooperatives.
Mr Ahmed Muhumamed Rifun was posted to the Ministry of Housing and Urban Development from the Ministry of Commerce and Cooperatives, while Muideen Olaniyi Alalade, is now the Commissioner for the Energy Ministry. Alalade held sway at the Ministry of Housing and Urban Development before the cabinet reshuffle.
The commissioners at to commence work in their new ministries immediately.
The Kwara State Governor, Abdulfatah Ahmed, has assured residents that all ongoing projects will be completed before the end of his tenure as a special arrangement to deduct a certain amount from the Internally Generated Revenue has been set aside to pay contractors.
He also called on the incoming local government chairmen to focus on how to improve on internally generated revenue when elected.
The governor made the call while hosting the Emir of Ilorin, Ibrahim Sulu-Gambari who paid him the traditional Salah homage.
The emir who was accompanied by chiefs and other traditional rulers praised the governor for his efforts in transforming the state in all sectors and urged him not to relent in continuing to complement the salary of local government workers.
In Response, the governor reiterated the determination of his administration to continue to bail out the third tier of government adding that since the state government has settled the issue of unpaid salary of its workers, local governments too should borrow a leaf to correct the situation.