Kwara APYF Lauds Oshiomhole’s Move To Unite Legislatures

The Kwara state chapter of All Progressive Youth Forum (APYF), has commended the National Chairman of the ruling All Progressive Congress (APC), Comrade Adams Oshiomhole on the move to unite and prepare the members of the National Assembly elected on the platform of All Progressive Congress (APC) towards having an effective and productive 9th assembly.

This was contained in a release signed by its coordinator Comrade Tunde Salau, who said the interaction of the APC National Chairman with the incoming 9th APC National Assembly members of both chambers will adequately prepare them for the tasks ahead and ensure a robust and fruitful tenure, unlike the controversial and unproductive 8th assembly brought about by the self-centered and tyrannical leadership style of Bukola Saraki.

Comrade Salau added that this will also enable them (the APC national assembly members elect) to choose their leaders in a transparent and democratically acceptable manner as against the hypocritical, cunning and backdoor method adopted by Bukola Saraki at the beginning of the 8th assembly.

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The ‘Berlin Wall’ Of Hegemony Politics Has Fallen In Kwara – Lai Mohammed

The Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, said the
‘Berlin Wall’ of hegemony politics has finally fallen in Kwara State,
following the massive victory of the All Progressives Congress (APC)
in the 2019 general elections in the state.

The Minister, who is the leader of the APC in Kwara, said the party’s
brooms have swept the state clean of all traces of hegemony politics,
after the party won all 24 House of Assembly seats, all three
senatorial seats, all six House of Representatives seats, the
governorship and the presidential elections in the state.

”The result is 35-0! Our brooms have swept the state clean,” he
said, tracing the long battle for the emancipation of Kwara to Nov.
17th 2018, when the party won the by-election for the
Ekiti/Oke-ero/Irepodun/Isin federal constituency.

Thanking the ‘long-suffering’ people of Kwara for their hard work,
sacrifices and determination that culminated in the victory, after
they rallied under the ‘O To Ge (enough is enough) movement, Alhaji
Mohammed said never again will anyone enslave Kwarans under the guise
of dynasty or hegemony politics

He said God made the massive victory possible, and thanked the
security agencies, the leaders of the party at state and national
levels as well as President Muhammadu Buhari whose leadership and
unflinching support, he said, propelled the APC to victory.

The Minister said the victory transcends Kwara State, adding: ”It is
a victory for all advocates of good governance everywhere. It is the
triumph of good over evil, no matter how long it takes…and a hard
blow to those who willfully turn the public treasury into their
personal piggy banks.”

He said, however, that with the victory, the real work has just begun,
in view of the high expectations of the people.

”We cannot afford to disappoint our people. We must ride on the wave
of their enthusiasm and determination to deliver to them the dividends
of democracy, for which they have been yearning. All our leaders, both
elected and otherwise, must come together to channel the
energy and vibrancy of our people to positive goals,” Alhaji Mohammed said.

He called on APC members and supporters in the state to be magnanimous
in victory, saying there is no room for vindictiveness or hatred in
the new Kwara.

”The massive victory in Kwara State came on a peaceful note. We must
maintain that and banish all the vestiges of violence from our
state,” the Minister said.

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Clerics Urges Kwara Governor-Elect Not To Disappoint Electorates

Muslim clerics Monday counseled the Kwara state governor-elect Abdulrahman Abdulrazaq not to disappoint the people of the state.

In a brief sermon, an Ilorin based Islamic preacher, Ustaz AbdulRasaq Ibrahim, urged the newly elected APC political leaders in the state not to disappoint the people who elected them into positions of
authority.

He warned that “people may revolt if their expectations are not met.”

He urged the new government to promote people-oriented programmes so as to improve the welfare of the residents, saying that they should not be discriminatory in spreading development, but should let it cut across all parts of the state.

Ibrahim prayed for prosperity, peace and abundance in the state.

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Offa Robbery Case Will Be Reactivated – Kwara Governor-Elect Vows

Governor-elect of Kwara, Alhaji Abdulrahman Abdulrazaq, has promised to interface with the police to ensure that those implicated in Offa robbery were promptly prosecuted.

He said that he would ensure that the judicial process was logically concluded and perpetrators brought to book.

Abdulrazaq made the pledge at a media briefing on Sunday night in Ilorin where he delivered his acceptance speech amidst All Progressive Congress (APC) party supporters.

He noted that the state had become so insecure to the extent that banking operations had been suspended in the entire Kwara South senatorial zone, after the Offa robbery saga,

“This development is seriously affecting the economic development in the zone. We will interface with the Police to address the challenge of insecurity

“The Offa robbery where 33 people were killed, based on police investigation was linked to top government officials,’’ he said.

He also pledged that his administration will be accountable to the people and will not steal or loot the state’s treasury.

Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) officially declared Abdulrazaq of APC winner of the Saturday governorship election having polled a total of 331,546 votes to defeat Abdulrazaq Atunwa of the Peoples’ Democratic Party (PDP) who polled 114,754 votes.

APC also won all the 24 seats in the Kwara House of Assembly.

The governor-elect said that his administration would interface with the people across the three senatorial zones of the state from bottom to top and ensure that the people determine what government would do for them.

He said his government would be people-oriented because it was the first time since 1999 that Kwara peoples’ votes counted and their will come to pass.

Abdulrazaq said that in line with the party manifesto, his administration would place priority attention to security, agriculture, education and infrastructure development.

Abdulrazaq said that Kwara being an agrarian state, his administration would pay attention to farming and agro processing.

Specifically, he said the state would among other crops, increase cashew production and processing for export to create employment and increase internally generated revenue.

The governor-elect lamented the poor state of infrastructure in public schools in the state as well as non-payment of salaries of teachers and other civil servants, and assured to reverse the trend.

“We will set up a transition committee that will interface with the government and we will have a forensic audit of the paying system to formulate new policies.

“We will organise health care summit. Education summit and special summit on how to improve the state infrastructure,’’ he said.

Abdulrazaq reassured the traditional institution in the state that, contrary to the news making the round, his administration will not demote any traditional ruler but will work with them and count on their useful advice.

Recall that the Police authorities said the Senate President, Bukola Saraki had questions to answer on the robbery case.

(NAN)

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Kwara APYF Congratulates Governor-Elect Abdulrazak Abdulrahman, Pledges The Continued Support Of Youths

The Kwara State Chapter of the All Progressives Youth Forum (APYF) has Congratulated the Governor-Elect, Alhaji Abdulrazak Abdulrahman; pledging the continued support of progressive youths across the State.

In a statement signed by its coordinator, Tunde Salau, the Forum notes that the journey to victory was dotted with uncertainties and risk, but that the commitment and drive of young people who canvassed both online and offline on a daily basis significantly contributed to the outcome we now celebrate.

“While the combination of several factors and the inputs of many stakeholders was largely responsible for the victory of APC at the polls; I wish to especially note that the contributions of young people, many of who sacrificed their comfort and deploy the little resources in their disposal, cannot be negated. We especially pay tribute to the young progressives who paid the supreme sacrifice in the quest for the emancipation of our dear State.

” While we are most happy with the eventual outcome of the struggle, we wish to reiterate that we, like the Governor-Elect and other leaders of the party, acknowledge the public expectations. We therefore pledge to deploy our youthful energy and talent to support the incoming government in order to deliver on its mandate.

“While we once again congratulate the incoming Governor, party leaders and stakeholders; our members across the 16 Local Government Areas, the wards and most especially our Polling Unit canvassers; we pray for God’s all time guidance as we embark on this onerous journey of turning around the fortunes of our dear State”.

Signed:

Tunde Salau
For: Kwara APYF

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Group March For Kwara APC Guber Candidate AbdulRahman AbdulRazaq

A group, known as O2 Liberation Movement, Thursday, marched through major streets of Ilorin, to rally support for the All Progressives Congress (APC) governorship candidate, AbdulRahman AbdulRazaq in tomorrow polls.

The group was confident that the APC would repeat the feat of the February 23rd presidential and National Assembly elections in the Governorship and States’ House of Assembly elections.

Speaking with reporters, Chairman of the movement, Alhaji Hassan Owoyale said: “We are organising one million-man march in solidarity for the APC governorship candidate in Kwara State and we are calling on all Kwarans to support and vote en masse just as they did two weeks ago for the party and all its candidates at the polls.

“We believe in the ideology of APC, President Muhammadu Buhari and Alhaji AbdulRahman AbdulRazaq. We are confident that if Alhaji

Abdulrazaq becomes the governor, he will govern differently. Nothing is working in Kwara. We believe that Alhaji Abdulrahman Abdulrazaq is bringing in change. His government will work and be for the people. Not the government that will take our commonwealth to another part of the country.

“The entire people of Kwara State are tired of this administration. They want change and that is what we are clamouring for. This liberation struggle has been on for the 10 years and we have been talking to people that we want a government that will give us free education, free health for our people and many things that we deserve in democracy.

“The Liberation movement group at the last weekend visited some APC stalwarts to celebrate the party’s victory during the presidential and National Assembly elections.”

Some chieftains visited included former governorship candidate Mohammed Dele Belgore, Alhaji Olosasa, Alhaji Musa Maiyaki, Dr Saliu Ajia, Lanre Sulyman, Dr Amuda Aluko among others.

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An Award Winning Political Slogan, By Babafemi Ojudu

O TO GE, the battle cry by Kwarans in the last election wins my prize for the best slogan of this election.

Whoever came up with it is a genius and should be celebrated. No word captures their aspiration better than this . It’s equivalent in English is Enough is Enough. This does not adequately capture it nuances. Only a Wole Soyinka could provide an adequate translation.

The slogan reverberated across the country like a wild fire in a dry season. It resonated in a manner no one could ignore. Political communicators will for long see it as very effective as Wet e, the slogans Yoruba of South West used in their resistance of Ladoke Akintola during the political crises of the mid 1960s.

Did Kwarans lived up to their cry? Ask Sen Bukola Saraki, the one known as Oloye ,who scampered out of Ilorin as soon as results trickled in yesterday.

For weeks he was welcomed to Ilorin at the airport with the slogan and pursued all over the towns and villages with it as he campaigned for himself and Atiku to become a Senator and President respectively. It was a humiliating and humbling time for a man who had been the major domo of a political legacy handed over to him by his father.

Yesterday he was chased up to the airport with the shout of Ole! Ole! O To Ge, that is Thief! Thief! Enough is Enough. Certainly not a good way to end a political career. This is what happens when humans play God. It always end in disaster. It shall too for every other politician or ruler with such proclivity.

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2019: Electoral Violence Looms As Group Laments Former INEC Commissioner’s Plans To Rig For Saraki Dynasty

The Harmony progressives’ forces has expressed concerns over possible electoral violence in Ilorin west constituency over the public declaration of a Former INEC commissioner, Dr Nasir Ayilara to rig for Saraki’s dynasty at the upcoming polls.

Mr Abdulwaheed Jabar, the group’s spokesperson disclosed that frustrations have been building up in the communities over the irresponsible and insensitive words credited to Dr Nasir who was known to be a core loyalist of the Senate President who is contesting for the Senate seat of Kwara central for the third time.

Jabar revealed that there were widespread confirmed report that Dr Nasir Ayilara being a former INEC commissioner for eight years and having recruited many of Saraki foot soldiers to the commission during his service years in Ilorin West was responsible for delisting many applicants for the INEC Ad-hoc staff while those who never applied were given appointment letter.

This unprofessional and awful act of Dr Nasir was made possible as he was believed to have high profile contacts at the state commission office. Jabar mentioned that Dr Nasir was strategically positioned to coordinate buying of PVCs in Ilorin West where PDP were banking on to win but the wave of the opposition party in the axis kept soaring higher which infuriates the state power to be more careful and watchful.

The spokesman revealed further that Dr Nasir Ayilara had to summon his personal AD-Hoc recruits last week where he promised them more money from Saraki fondly called “Leader” tasking them to ensure PDP victory at all cost.

To further heat up the polity, he declared full support vowing to deliver at the polls even with his life while opposition political parties have vehemently promised to resist the move. The political temperature has flared up in the communities which is brewing a looming violence if unchecked.

“It is therefore necessary to sound this to the entire world that Ilorin West may experience violent clashes as residents are now living in fears, the peaceful atmosphere have being overheated by umpires who are supposed to be neutral in the electioneering process while our political actors keep directing the tempo”

“We call on INEC to specifically investigate the nefarious act of its former commissioner, Dr. Nasir Ayilara who was also indicted by a police probe panel to have benefitted from the N23 billion bribe during 2015 elections and to beam searchlight on the activities of its AD-hoc staff with partisan interest at the upcoming polls”

Finally, Jabar called on the New Kwara Commissioner of Police to nipped this looming violence in the bud to forestall violence which if unchecked could lead to a state of emergency in the state”.

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Kwarans In Abuja Hold O To Ge Rally, Endorse APC’s AbdulRazaq

Thousands of Kwarans living in the Nigerian capital Abuja on Tuesday held a rally in support of the Kwara APC governorship candidate AbdulRahman AbdulRazaq, saying it was time the state was liberated politically. 

The rally came barely two weeks after thousands of Kwarans in Lagos State held a conference unanimously endorsing AbdulRazaq and other APC candidates back home.  

The Abuja rally was attended by Kwarans who carried placards with various inscriptions like ‘Enough is Enough’; ‘O To Ge’; ‘Kwara Must Be Free’. Attendees included Kwara’s young turks like House of Representatives member Hon Tunji Olawuyi Ajuloopin; Hon. Kokori Abdul; Arch. Nurudeen Quadri; Hon. Akaje Ibrahim; Alh. Nurudeen Sanni; Barr. Tairu Adebayo; Barr. Mumeen Hanafi; Barr. Abdul-Majeed Oloriegbe; Hon. Tijani Ismail; Mr Abdullahi Bolakale; Hon. Abel Olatunji Akayejo; Hon. Ahmed Ndakene; and Alhaji Tajudeen Kareem, a former press secretary to former Governor Bukola Saraki. 

Muhammad Brimah, a special assistant to the Vice President, also attended the rally.

Kwara APC deputy governorship candidate Kayode Alabi, who represented AbdulRazaq, thanked the organisers of the rally and the attendees for standing up to be counted.

“I urge you all to support Alhaji AbdulRahman AbdulRazaq and all APC candidates in Kwara. He’s a contented man. He’s ready to fix Kwara and, with your support, we are hoping to get the freedom we deserve in our state this year,” Alabi told the rally.

“We call on all Kwarans everywhere who are registered voters in Kwara to come back home to vote. If you are not registered to vote here, you should back home to canvass for votes. There is no better time than now.”

Ajuloopin, who recently won the House of Representatives rerun poll in Kwara south on the platform of the APC, expressed similar sentiment.

“This is the time to liberate our people politically.  O To Ge is a revolution whose time has come and no human being can stop it. I urge all of you to return home to vote. If you don’t have a voter’s card, please come home and be our canvassers,” he said.

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Kwara 2019: APC Candidate Raises Alarm Over Planned Blackmail And Violence

Kwara state house of assembly candidate, Barrister Abdulgafar Ayilara under the platform of the All Progressive Congress has raised alarm, over what it described as perfected plans of the Peoples Democratic Party to blackmail and incriminate his candidacy.

The candidate contesting for the Ilorin Ilorin Northwest of Ajikobi/Alanamu constituency said an intelligence report reaching him, revealed that plans have been concluded to ensure that vehicles branded with APC logo & his name, will be loaded with arms and occupied by some criminals during rallies to instigate crisis. It will be recalled that, about two weeks ago the campaign branded vehicles of Ayilara was attacked and vandalized by people suspected to be from the PDP camp.

Addressing journalist at his residence, Barrister Ayilara said he is aware of the plans to demonize and use unfounded allegations and planted stories couched with negative narratives of stockpiling ammunitions to terrorize the community.

“Gentlemen of the Press, it is necessary to bring to your attention that in the last three days, the PDP thugs have besieged repeatedly round my residence hurling stones, broken bottles and other dangerous weapons, their criminally emboldened act led to sustainment of injuries to my personal staff which took the gallantry efforts of policemen to restore peace”
“We complained and filed a report to H Division of Adewole police station, to wade into the atrocious behavior by the PDP thugs who are hell bent in causing violence in the constituency. Our supporters got angry about this reoccurring politics of bitterness but we persuaded them to allow Police authority to intervene into the matter”

“Not satisfied with our calmness to their approach, I was reliably informed of their perfected plans of blackmail and resort to incriminate my good name, rumors were even spread around of my arrest which created panic within my family and friends, who were calling me to know my whereabouts.”

“We know their usual antics of deceiving the citizens with their outmoded propagandas, our people are well informed and as a legal expert, there’s the urgent need to raise the alarm to the general public and most importantly the Nigerian police to investigate these perfected evil plots, to forestall any social unrest”.

“Their last resort tactics confirms the level of disarrangement and unsettlement within their camp, having being informed of their rejection by the Ajikobi/Alanamu constituents who are already electrified for the O TO GE revolutionary waves blowing across the state”

“Finally, we call on our people to be vigilant that they may not achieve the diabolic mission of further destabilizing the peace of Ilorin West LG

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Saraki’s Political Model killing Kwara, Says APC Candidate

The gubernatorial candidate of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) in Kwara State, Mr. AbdulRahman AbdulRazaq, on Sunday said the current political model in the state stifles development and deliberately keeps the people poor.

“The current political model (controlled by Senator Bukoka Saraki) has impoverished our people. It has no answer to the challenges faced by our people. Nothing is happening anywhere in terms of development,” AbdulRazaq told thousands of Kwarans at a conference held in his honour in Lagos.

Organised by the Kwarans in Lagos, an adhoc amalgam body of all the indigenes of the state in Lagos and its environs, the confab was attended by top business moguls, ace musicians, top afademics politicians,  and artisans who hailed from the state.

Some of the attendees included House of Representatives member Tunji Olawuyi; Muhammad Dele Belgore (SAN); Barrister Kunle Suleiman; Senator Khairat Gwadabe; former information commissioner AbdulRaheem Adedoyin; former House of Assembly member Saheed Popoola; ace musicians Wasiu Sodiq; Ibrahim Labaeka; top politician Musibau Eshinrogunjo; popular actor Saheed Balogun, among others.

AbdulRazaq urged indigenes of the state in the diaspora to support the efforts back home to end the decades of ‘misgovernance, corruption and dynasty rule’.

He called on the Kwara community in Lagos to mobilise support for APC back home in Kwara in the coming polls.

“Their political model is such that no development is taking place anywhere in our state. It is killing the system. No industries. No infrastructure and that naturally stifles development,” AbdulRazaq lamented.

“When you don’t have a thriving economy partly because you lack the infrastructure to support economic growth, then it is natural that your revenue will be low. We are challenging them on these issues. But they don’t have answers to our challenge and that’s why they have resorted to violence.Counci funds are diverted and that kills development at the grassroots.

“What is happening back home is simply intolerable. Our people are listening to our message and they have keyed into it. But we also want you to call your brothers and sisters on why we need to save Kwara before it is too late. Let us come home to vote. We will invest in our people. We will invest heavily in SMEs. I’m from the private sector. I can drive development. We plan to give jobs to the youth. We have plan to develop the state.”

Belgore called on Kwarans in the diaspora to mobilise their families back home to vote.

“We have no doubt that we have had enough. But this is not enough to get our candidate elected. You must all votes and mobilise members of your families and friends to vote,” he said.

Coordinator Kwarans in Lagos Abdul Muyideen Akorede said time has come to “end the tyranny in Kwara and we are hereby pledging our support for this movement. Enough is enough.”

Barrister Suleiman said the Saraki’s political dynasty has entrenched itself using security apparatuses, violence, money and other state institutions.

“We appeal to him to let us compete on the basis of ideas. He should call his thugs to order. We don’t want violence,” he said.

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Kwara Govt Confirms new Cases Of Lassa Fever

The Kwara State Government has confirmed two cases of Lassa Fever as  well  as  a case of Yellow Fever infection  in  the  state.

Speaking with newsmen at a press briefing, the Kwara  state Commissioner for Health, Alhaji Usman Rifun-Kolo said the outbreak of Lassa Fever was identified in a farm settlement in Taberu and Baruten Local Government Area of Kwara.

He explained that the two cases of the disease involve a husband and wife who were natives of Benin Republic which has border with the state, adding that the husband and wife were farming in Baruten.

According to him, the husband and wife were diagnosed in a health facility which confirmed the case, and that the state government had already deployed disease surveillance team to identify those who have been in contact with patients.

Rifun-Kolo maintained that the surveillance team  had identified four people with history of fever in the area, noting that the four cases raised suspicion of Lassa fever, which prompted them to take samples from the individuals for further  investigation.

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