*He has no regard to those who elected him into office
Members of the Kwara South Unity Forum in Kwara State have initiated a recall process against the senator representing the Kwara South Senatorial District, Dr. Rafiu Ibrahim. His offence? He knelt down for Dr Bukola Saraki, the Senate President.
According to a photocopy of the acknowledgement copy of the public notification written against him, made available to journalists in Ilorin, the Kwara State capital, the petition had been sent to the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) and the office of the President of the Senate.
The letter, dated 13th November, was received and acknowledged at INEC on the 14th November and the office of the President of the Senate on the 17th November.
However, the public notification of the recall process however did not come without a drama. While the group was about addressing journalists at Offa on the recall process, some hoodlums and thugs stormed the venue and disrupted the media briefing.
The General Secretary of the Kwara South Unity Forum, Mr. Ahmed Akorede in his reaction, alleged that the invaders also made away with some valuables, adding that members of the group had been receiving threat messages, for discharging their “human right and constitutional” responsibility.
The President of the group, Mr . John Adegboye, while addressing journalists during a media briefing at Ijagbo in the Oyun Local Government Area of Kwara State, alleged poor representation by Senator Rafiu Ibrahim.
He also accused Ibrahim of disregarding members and elders of the senatorial district while taking directives from external personalities.
He further alleged that issues, critical to the growth and development of Kwara South, were allegedly being openly disregarded and dismissed by the senator.
Adegboroye also accused Ibrahim of abusing their democratic rights and intelligence and was not sufficiently addressing human capital development in the area.
He stated, “a situation whereby, a man we voted for, now comes out openly and with audacity, to state that he needs to consult ‘his boss’, who isn’t even from Kwara South, is nothing but a violation of our human and democratic rights.”
Adegboye said it was wrong for Ibrahim to kneel before the Senate President, Dr. Bukola Saraki.
According to him, the Senate is a gathering of equals while the President of the Senate is simply the first among equals.
He said, “We find it demeaning, insulting and outrageous that our senator acted as an escort and body guard to the wife of the Senate President when she was arraigned in court on charges of money laundering by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission.
“This unnecessary show of subservience has been interpreted to imply a situation in which we are not the people in control of our destinies. We cannot accept this anymore.
“It is therefore under these circumstances that the good people of Kwara South today decide to intimate the generality of Nigerians about our intention to recall Senator Rafiu Ibrahim from the 8th National Assembly.
“We affirm that the Kwara South Unity Forum has instituted recall proceedings against the senator representing Kwara South Senatorial District. The days of ‘shadow democracy and indirect rule, ’ whereby a few individuals become more important than the entire electorate, are over.”