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PDP slams Ogun Reps candidate, Micky Kazzim over claims on SDG projects

The House of Representatives candidate of the Allied People’s Movement (APM) in Abeokuta South Federal Constituency, Hon. Micky Kazzim, has come under fire for claiming credits for some projects of the Federal Government’s Sustainable Development Goals (SDG).

This is as the the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Abeokuta South Local Government warned Kazzim to “stop misleading the public by laying claims to SDG Projects of the Federal Government.”

The PDP asked the APM candidate to “come out openly and show the entire Ogun people, the projects he funded from his personal purse in Abeokuta South, instead of lying to the masses.”

DAILY POST reports that Kazzim had on Wednesday invited people to commission some blocks of classrooms, which he claimed to have facilitated from the presidency, through the office of the Office of the Senior Special Assistant to the President on SDG (OSSAP – SDG).

But, the Vice Chairman of the PDP in Abeokuta South Local Government, Mr Kamal Shodipo, said “it was not only a lie and absolute falsehood, but a fraudulent act to be projecting SDG projects as a personal efforts of Kazzim, even when he is in no position to do so.”

Shodipo maintained in a statement that the 17 sustainable development goals, as designed by the United Nations, are to enhance development in all parts of the world, especially in the developing nations.

The PDP leader wondered how the SDG has now become an avenue for politicians to secure votes from unsuspecting members of the public, saying the presidency must see to this.

The PDP leader explained that, “the SDG projects are budgeted and paid for by the Federal Government of Nigeria, and only a sitting member of the National Assembly can nominate or facilitate such projects.”

According to Shodipo, “Micky Kazzim is not a sitting member, how can he lay claims to nominating such projects? He could not have facilitated any project because presently he is just like every other Nigerian. It is fraudulent for him to lay claim to such. The office of Senior Special Assistant to the President on SDG should also be investigated.”

He spoke further: “The public should be wary of these kinds of politicians who try to deceive them. If they can openly lie to the public this way, then such people can not be trusted. This is a style of politicians who lie to curry favour from the public when elections are coming.

“The projects are SDG programmes, budgeted and paid for by the Federal government with tax payers money.

“I am not the type who go about discrediting people on frivolities, but I cannot close my eyes to such deceits, when we are all working to see a changed political system manned by credible people, thus the need to set the records straight. In what capacity would he say he is facilitating those projects?

“I am assuring you that the PDP will always tell the truth when our candidates facilitate government projects or personal projects. Projects done by taxpayers money are the people’s entitlement.”

Kazeem had described himself as the facilitator of various SDG projects, including the construction and renovation of blocks of classrooms at St Augustine Primary School; Imo Methodist School, Okeyeke; Our Lady of Lord’s Primary School, Onikoko; C.A.C Primary School Lantoro; St James Primary School Idi-Aba Abeokuta and A.N.L.G Primary School, Ilugun all in Abeokuta, the Ogun State capital.

DAILY POST reports that a former Deputy Governor of Lagos State, Mrs Adeojoke Orelope-Adefulire, is the Senior Special Assistant to President Muhammadu Buhari on SDG.

Contacted, Hon. Kazzim said one does not need to be a House of Representatives member to facilitate a project.

“Let them go to Abuja and ask whose project it is then. It’s good they know the ministry where I facilitated the projects from. They can write to them or go to them. I don’t believe in those sorts of cheap campaigns, please.

“If they want to write anything, let them go ahead.

“You don’t need to be a House of Reps member to facilitate a project. I was in the House of Reps. I know how it works,” he said.

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