A former President of the Senate, Dr Bukola Saraki, has described the claim by the Kwara State Governor, Abdulrahman Abdulrazaq, that he embezzled the Universal Basic Education Fund as a lie meant to disparage his personality among his supporters in the state.


Saraki said the governor also lied in his claim that he used his position as Senate President to prevent the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission from investigating the case of alleged embezzlement of UBEC funds by Kwara state government officials in the immediate past administration of former governor, Abdulfattah Ahmed.


He gave the governor seven days to retract the statement he made on Saturday at the inauguration of the campaign committee of Kwara Central senatorial candidate, Alhaji Saliu Mustapha.


The PUNCH reports that Abdulrazaq told the audience on Saturday that he found some claims made by some opposition candidates laughable and unbelievable.


“But for their boss being the Senate President at the time, most of these characters would have been in jail for the UBEC money they stole,” he claimed.


However, Saraki, in a statement signed by the Press Officer on Local Matters in his Media Office, Ilorin, Abdulganiyu Abdulqadir, which was made available to The PUNCH correspondent on Monday, said, “I have ignored all his lies all this while as I believe he was resorting to that cheap escape measure to mask his failure in governance. Now, I will have to take strong measures by challenging him in court since he will not desist from fabricating lies against me.


“I have told my lawyers to write him and ask him to retract the statement or be ready to prove it in court.”