*TWO GUBER ASPIRANTS, MAIGIDA’S AIDE PLACED UNDERWATCH
By Abdulrasheed Akogun
More facts have continued to emerge on the certificate forgery scandal the Gubernatorial Candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), in Kwara State, Hon. Razak Atunwa is entangled in, with strong conviction the latest scandal has an insider’s hand, this medium has gathered.
It would be recalled an online investigative news platform (premium times) had exclusively reported the certificate forgery scandal involving Hon. Atunwa, a sitting member of the House of Representatives, who was the Speaker, Kwara State House of Assembly between 2011- 2015.
According to an highly placed party source who spoke with this medium under the condition of anonymity, described the latest scandal as a major fallout of the fiercely fought gubernatorial contest, stressing that in the couple of days time, more revelations will come out.
She said “While the party will do a thorough investigation as to ascertain the authenticity of the report, before coming out officially. I can however assure you, the story in all ramifications was most likely planted in premiumtimes by some aggrieved members from our camp.
” Even if it is established that the certicate scandal is real, journalists aren’t ghosts, they need insiders to out of hatred, envy or for whatever reason to give an in-house information out.
“Reading the story as an experienced administrator, I can assure you the only benefit the ” informant” wants to derive is the disqualification of Atunwa and probably replaced by him. I wouldn’t want to be specific or preempt anything for now, but I can assure you we know ourselves, we know those with the capacity to do this and we’ll surely get to the root of this” he promised.
Speaking further on the likely informants, a close source of the Leader of the Party in the State, the Senate President, Dr. Bukola Saraki who craved anonymity for fear of victimisation said “since morning when the news broke, the camp have been in disarray, while I must inform you we aren’t moved by the story, the observed insider hand is what we won’t take lightly.
” For us at the Saraki camp, we are bonded by family, we share one goal and aspiration, any other interest must be subsumed under the general interest of the political family.
“Facts have emerged and we’ve narrowed our search to two aspirants both from ilorin, who were embittered by the outcome of gubernatorial primary. They both felt they were at the pole position of getting the ticket until the tide turn.
” Suspicion is rife that rather than accept the outcome of the primaries as the wish of God, they’re both still embittered and feelers have it that they have both promised to fight it to the finish through a proxy. While it is not yet certain if they actually were involved in this embarrassing scandal, I can however assure you we’ll get to the root of this.
“Finger is also pointing to one of the most influential aides of the outgoing Governor, Dr. Abdulfatai Ahmed, who was one of the frontline promoters of one of the gubernatorial aspirants under investigation.