The All Progressives Congress (APC), Kwara Central Senatorial candidate, Mallam Saliu has berated the Director General, National Institute for Legislative and Democratic Studies (NILDS), Prof. Suleiman Abubakar for making denigrating remarks against his person.
Turaki, who expressed his indignation at the 4th Annual General Meeting of the Ilorin Emirate Professors Association (IEPA), Monday, December 26 said having listened to all the virtues a professor must possess as highlighted by the former Vice Chancellor of University of Ilorin, Prof. Abdulganiyu Ambali, he considered the former Minister of National Planning not qualified for the status of professorship for making degrading comments against him that he is “lesser of a being” to his friend, the senator, representing Kwara Central in the Red Chamber, Ibrahim Yahaya Oloriegbe whom he defeated in a democratically conducted APC senatorial primaries, last May.
Saliu boasted that he has attained status of professorship as a business mogul because he had from the onset chosen to be a businessman and has no grouse toeing that line because he has excelled in his career path as well.
He, therefore, clarified that there is no rift whatsoever between him and Dr. Oloriegbe, noting the medical doctor is one of his intimate associates.
The APC candidate lamented that it was unfortunate that Amana as he is fondly called by his enthusiasts used his position to ‘throw dirts’ on his personality due to his personal relationship with Dr. Oloriegbe – Turaki’s political rival.
He, however, appealed to the erudite scholars seated at the occasion to prevail on Prof. Suleiman to desist from making him target of his calumny, noting that Amana’s diatribe against him could amount to a stain on the Ilorin Emirate.
Saliu, while announcing a donation of the sum of Ten million Naira (N10,000,000) to the association, also gifted the sum of Two Hundred Thousand Naira (200,000) to each of the 10 best graduating students across various Local Government Areas constituting the Ilorin Emirate drawn from different universities in the country.