- Kwara state was agog as Senator Bukola Saraki visited his home state this past weekend
- Saraki was in the state to attend his late father's 8th-year Fidau prayer and pay homage to the Emir of Illorin
- Some hoodlums reportedly used the opportunity to cause mayhem, prompting a response from the PDP
The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Kwara state has called for the prosecution of hired hoodlums who allegedly attempted to disrupt the 8th year Fidau prayer held in honour of late Dr Abubakar Olushola Saraki in Ilorin on Saturday, November 14.
In a statement issued by its spokesman, Tunde Ashaolu, the party accused the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) of sponsoring hoodlums to disorganise the prayer session and attack innocent people who attended the occasion.
The party noted that if not for the quick intervention of security operatives, the armed thugs would have succeeded and more casualties would have been recorded.
Part of the statement read:
“We wish to place it on record that the APC is responsible for the ugly and unfortunate incident that played today out at the venue of the prayer session held in honour of the late political icon of Kwara, Dr Abubakar Olusola Saraki.
“Before today's event, we saw on social media platforms leaked screenshots of a WhatsApp conversation, where an appointee of Governor Abdulrahman Abdulrazaq instructed some thugs to unleash attack and cause chaos at the venue of the programme.
“Acting on the instruction of the governor's aide, the armed hoodlums stormed the venue of the fidau prayer and attempted to disrupt the programme and attack innocent people.
“If not for the quick intervention of the security operatives who were on ground, the armed thugs would have succeeded with their evil mission and more casualties would have been recorded.
“We call on security agencies in the State to conduct a proper investigation into this matter and ensure that all those who are connected with the incident are brought to book.”
Legit.ng had reported that there was wild jubilation on Saturday, November 14 when the immediate past president of the Nigerian Senate, Bukola Saraki, returned to his home state of Kwara.
Saraki was in the state to attend the 8th remembrance anniversary prayers for his late father Olusola.
Still a popular figure in Kwara and beyond, supporters of the former Senate president took to Twitter to celebrate his visit.
Ibrahim Olaleye Kamaja wrote:
“We are glad to see at the state of harmony. The heroic welcome was befitting and successful one.”
Sidiq Shola wrote:
“I'm super happy you came home and I'm happier the good people of Kwara came out en mass to welcome you our one and true leader.”
Bashir Olanrewaju Abdulyekeen wrote:
“Your homecoming was heroic and necessary, I pray Allah grant the injured quick recovery, and congratulations to the Emir on his coronation. May Allah great Baba Saraki Aljanat Firdaus.”
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