By OLAWUNMI ASHAFA
LAGOS- Mr Joseph Edgar, a public affairs commentator and columnist, has said that a recently circulated video in which a mob ridiculed Governor AbdulRahman AbdulRasaq of Kwara was an old one doctored “to give a wrong narrative”.
Edgar, in a statement in Lagos on Friday, said that no such event took place at the Emir of Ilorin’s Palace on Aug. 7, as claimed in the video.
In the video that went rival early this week, a mob appeared to be booing the governor with some trying to physically assault him.
It also showed security men frantically struggling to shield him from the crowd that persistently hurled verbal abuses and chanted songs depicting the governor as unpopular.
But Edgar, in the statement, described the video as “a very lame attempt at throwing up a spurious narrative purportedly showing the governor at the height of public disdain”.
“At first glance, one would be carried away with such work of ingenuity, but on careful assessment, you begin to see the folly of the act.
“Facts emerging show that this event took place over three years ago and rightly at the Emir’s Palace during an event hosted by the Ilorin Emirate Descendants Union (IEDPU).
“At that time, the Governor was still a candidate for the 2019 election and it was clear, even then, his candidacy was vibrant, hence the need to disrupt its steady trajectory to distract him.
“This did not work as the candidate was able to win the election while going ahead to instigate massive reforms that have thrown up many globally recognised inituatives, especially in health and education.
“The reforms have birthed welfarist policies like the Kwara Social Investment Programmes, which in partnership with the World Bank, continues to provide employment opportunities to the people.”
Edgar said that AbdulRasaq had approached governance with “an ideal and ethically-strong transparent process in decision taking and people-driven initiative which have impacted on the masses”.
He said that the video was “a desperate attempt to distract the governor using a warped narrative”.
According to him, the fake video only portrays the inability of the opposition to square up with the incumbent,
using facts and verifiable data as veritable weapons of engagement.
“Kwara residents, for the first time in a long while, have witnessed an extended period of peace and security. They have seen health care delivery brought closer home and have seen better infrastructural development,” he said.
Edgar said that the 2023 election would be an assessment of probity, public accountability, transparency and clarity in purpose-driven leadership.(NAN)