Cook-Olododo untruthful on why he fell out with Bukola Saraki – Ex-Reps member, Isa
A former member of the House of Representatives, Hon. Wahab Isa has described as outright falsehood and false attempt to rewrite history, the outburst of Hon. Abdulganiyu Cook-Olododo, a serving House of Representatives member on why he fell out with former Senate President, Dr. Abubakar Bukola Saraki.
Recall that Abdulganiyu Cook Olododo, on Thursday in a personality interview programme on Garin FM Radio 95.5 in Ilorin, broke his silence over his disagreement with the former Senate President, Saraki.
Isa, in his reaction through a statement issued in Ilorin on Thursday evening, disclosed that Cook-Olododo served in sensitive positions for the eight years that Saraki was governor and would be doing a disservice to himself by bad-mouthing Saraki after the latter tolerated his excesses and protected him throughout the period they were in government.
“Cook-Olododo is only behaving like an ingrate. He served in positions that were very sensitive and bigger than his capacity, competence or qualification could cope with.
“However, then Governor Abubakar Bukola Saraki protected him and shielded him from criticism, while also covering up his deficiencies.
“Cook-Olododo was always grateful to Saraki and always effusively praised his boss who when he was found wanting in one of the positions he held, removed him and later gave him another bigger position.
“By speaking ill of Saraki, Cook-Olododo is only behaving like a typical ingrate. He is only eating his vomit.
“You served in the Saraki administration from the beginning to the end and at no time did you resign or have any disagreement with him. Ten years after you both left office, you are now giving a wrong impression that you ‘faulted his approach to doing politics and governance’. This is hypocritical,” the statement declared.
Isa said Cook-Olododo was trying to create the impression that he was close to the late Oloye Saraki or that he admired his style of politics.
“This is falsehood. I challenge Gani Cook-Olododo to tell the world if he was seeing eye to eye or could come to the presence of Oloye in the last two years of his stay in office in the Bukola Saraki administration.
“He was barred from entering the Great Hall where Oloye usually met with his political associates to deliberate on political decisions.
“I am giving all these details because the majority of the youths who constitute the highest percentage of voters were not around at the time of the events he was talking about and they only read the history on social media. Cook-Olododo was an outcast in Oloye’s circle.
“He should be grateful to then-Governor Bukola Saraki who was then pleading his case with the father, Oloye.
“Cook-Olododo is a selfish man who is grandstanding as if he has the interest of the public or Kwara People at heart.
“If he were to be honest, Cook-Olododo fell out with Saraki because he wanted to be nominated to go into the House of Representatives when Saraki was leaving office as governor.
“The people in his constituency opposed him and the governor told him to go and appease them. He refused. That was how he lost his ticket to a man who later performed very well as a lawmaker, Dr. Ali Ahmad. That was why he left the Saraki group,” Isa added.
The former lawmaker said all the false claims on the radio programme amounted to an after-thought.
He said with the beginning of another campaign season, “this time around we will not allow their falsehood, the campaign of calumny, and cheap propaganda go unanswered and undisputed.”
“The people of Kwara will hold them accountable for their numerous promises. They will be held responsible for how they represented the people, what dividend of democracy they brought back from Abuja and how effectively did they represent the people in the National Assembly. Nobody will fall for their cheap blackmail”, Isa stated.
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