Saliu Mustapha, the All Progressives Congress, APC, Kwara Central Senatorial district candidate and Bolaji Abdullahi, People’s Democratic Party, PDP candidate representing Kwara Central Senatorial District are on a war path.
The two politicians who are vying for the same seat at the Upper legislative chamber became sworn enemies after they started pursuing the same interest. The two had an amicable relationship until politics tore them apart. They have never engaged in a public altercations until they started pursuing the same interest.
It all started after Mustapha criticized Abdullahi’s campaign slogan. Abduallahi had used the phrase, ‘Big Idea’ as part of his campaign slogan. He emphasized on the impact certain ideas would have if they are well thought out and executed properly.
However, Mustapha countered his assertion and maintained that having an impact is better than conceiving an idea.
Abduallahi, who did not find his political opponent’s criticism funny, responded with an open letter where he sent Mustapha to the gallows. He warned his opponent that the position he wants to contest for thrives on big ideas, critical thinking, and not deep pockets. He added that he was perplexed that Mustapha would say he has passed the level of ideas, adding that such an impression was pedestrian, embarrassing and cynical. He noted that the primary job of a legislator is all about canvassing ideas to solve the problems that confront the people and that some of the problems that would confront the people will require deep critical thinking.
Mustapha on the other hand was surprised that the PDP candidate would misinterpret his previous statement. He slammed the politician and said an average reader would understand what he said not to talk of Abduallahi who is considered an intellectual. He added that while ideas are good, it will amount to nothing if it does not solve people’s problems.
Not satisfied with Mustapha’s response, Abduallahi also reacted and said Mustapha’s idea would be rejected in February by the electorates at the poll since he cannot comprehend English Language.
After a back and forth by the two politicians, Mustapha tried to make peace by reiterating that his first response to Abduallahi’s letter was to set the records straight and to avoid misrepresentation.
He promised to ignore his counterpart’s charade in the nearest future.