From Victor Seyi, Ilorin
The People of Mogaji Are community of Ilorin emirate, under the aegis of Afonja Descendants Union (ADU), have dissociated themselves from a statement credited to the president of the association, Alhaji Abdulkarim Olola-Kasumu, which purportedly stated that the community was not in support of emergence of Senator Bukola Saraki as Senate President.
Speaking with journalists in Ilorin, the Mogaji Aare of Ilorin, Alhaji Aremu Zubair, said the community had supported the emergence of the Senate President with prayers, and remained loyal to him, describing Alhaji Olola-Kasumu’s statement as “a personal opinion.”
The community leader, who urged Nigerians to disregard the statement, said Senator Saraki “has been a source of unity and effective development to the community and we are loyal to the All Progressive Congress (APC) government in Kwara State.
Zubair also said that the community would investigate the matter towards unravelling reasons behind the action of the ADU president, and mete out necessary sanctions.
Chairman, of APC Elders Forum in Mogaji Aare Ward I, Alhaji Laaro Mohammed, said that the president of ADU was not a member of the party, adding that the community voted en masse for APC in last general elections. He described the alleged anti-Saraki’s statement development as “saddening and disturbing.”
Also, General Secretary of the ADU, Hassan Amao, who dissociated the association from the statement, said the association had never held a meeting in the last eight months, adding that Olola-Kasumu did not carry members of the group along in his action.
Amao said the association was concerned with progress and development of the area, adding that the community expected more people-oriented development with the emergence of Senator Saraki as Senate President.
He said that the views expressed by the ADU president were not those of Afonja dynasty.