For a good number of years it was a jolly good relationship; during Dr Bukola Saraki’s eight years term as governor of Kwara State Hon. Moshood Mustapha served as commissioner, special adviser and state Amir li hajj. He also served as reps member representing Asa/Ilorin West federal constituency. Apart from that, he until recently served as Special Assistant to the Senate President.
Global Excellence learned that the two appeared to have maintained different lanes over the guber ambition of the former reps member. The senate president has in recent times faced ordeal in the hands of the police and it is believed that the IGP, Alhaji Ibrahim Idris and Saraki are in silent war. Hon. Moshood Mustapha has, however, washed his hands off the rumours and the insinuations that he allegedly instigated the Inspector-General of Police, Alhaji Ibrahim Idris against Saraki. Fondly addressed as ‘MM’ by supporters and friends, the former Special Adviser to the Senate President on Special Duties who spoke on Friday clarified that his recent visit to the nation’s police chief was for personal reasons.
Moshood who submitted that his gubernatorial ambition is geared towards delivering the dividends of democracy to Kwarans said he would rather prefer to stay focused on the goals without unnecessary distractions. The former lawmaker who lamented that he had been made to experience verbal onslaughts since the news of his gubernatorial ambition filtered into the public domain, however, said he remains undeterred having anticipated such as someone vying for the state governorship seat.
Moshood, however, declared that his level of endurance has its limit, noting that he will not condone any attempt to link him with an issue he knew nothing about while also challenging anyone with proof of his involvement to back such with evidence. ‘My attention has been drawn to the rumour making the round that I am the brain behind the IGP/Saraki saga. I therefore find it expedient to lay the matter to rest once and for all. I want to state that the accusation is unfounded, baseless and untrue and merely an attempt to malign my person which is totally unacceptable. I am a very upright and principled person and it is not in my nature to bring down others for self-aggrandizement.
The relationship between Sen. (Dr.) Bukola Saraki and I have spanned several years and he is someone I hold in high regard despite the fact that we are now on different political lanes. Therefore, I will never do anything to instigate the people against him and I am sure he is aware of that fact. The Senate president does not have any criminal record that I know of and he never indulged in any criminality throughout the period I worked with him, so, why will I meet with the IG to indict him? I will advise the detractors to count me out of the issue and take caution with the way they politicize a complex security matter such as this’, he said.
Moshood also made clarifications on his visit to the Inspector-General of Police which actually stood as a platform for the insinuation, stating that it was a gathering at the instance of his former colleagues in the Nigeria Immigration Service. ‘My visit to the Police Headquarters was to meet some friends who were colleagues during my days in the Immigration service and there was no instance where the name of the Senate President was mentioned at the meeting.
I am a social net-worker and I maintain a cordial relationship with everyone across all spectrums but that does not imply that I will use my connection to tarnish another person’s image. The issue between the IGP and the Senate President, who is the nation’s number three citizen is quite unfortunate and it shouldn’t have degenerated to this level. But I am confident that everything will be resolved amicably and everyone responsible for the attack that led to the loss of lives in Offa will be dealt with accordingly. I sympathize with the family of the dead and also pray that God will grant those who lost their lives eternal rest’ he said.