Kwara governor in N300m financial scandal as commissioner resigns

Nigerian Concord Newspaper

This is not a good time for the governor of Kwara state, Mallam Abdulrahaman Abdulrazaq, over the N300 million financial scandal that has been traced to him.

This development Nigerian Concord gathered has forced the state Commissioner for local government and chieftaincy affairs, Mrs Aishat Ahman Pategi, to resign her appointment.

According to sources, the commissioner was said to have resigned her appointment when she discovered that the governor secretly withdrew the said N300m from her ministry’s account with the help of the ministry of finance without her knowledge.

Pategi’s resignation which occured few days ago sources said has caused confusion and tension in the governor’s camp as he is being accused of betrayal by the former Commissioner.

This newspaper gathered that Governor Abdulrazaq has been struggling to persuade the former Commissioner to return to office so the government would be saved from embarrassment and scandal.

Rwlaibke sources told this Newspaper that Mrs Aishat Ahman Pategi who was recently redeployed to Ministry of special duties had submitted her resignation letter last Tuesday to Governor Abdulrahaman Abdulrazaq and had since made herself unavailable from office.

Pategi who was once rumoured to be having romantic affairs with Abdulrazaq reportedly sent her resignation letter through one of the DSS officials attached to governor.

In her resignation letter which had not been made public, the former Commissioner expressed her appreciation to the Governor for the privileges accorded her to serve the state since inception. Mrs Pategi therefore announced her resignation at the closing paragraph of the letter while wishing the government well .

But close allies of the female commissioner who confided our reporter narrated how aggrieved Aisha Pategi is over the last 300 millions naira said to have been withdrawn from Ministry of local government and kept with Commissioner for finance without her awareness as commissioner in charge of that ministry.