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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Kwara 2019: Abdulrasaq Visit Victims, Condemn Ban On Street Rallies

The gubernatorial candidate of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) in Kwara State, Abdulrahaman Abdulrazaq, Tuesday, condemned the ban on political rallies and processions in the state by Governor Abdulfatah Ahmed.

Abdulrazaq, who visited his party supporters who were shot and brutalized by thugs loyal to the opposition Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in the state
called on police to fish out the the perpetrators.

His words: “They started by attacking our rallies, we have held many rallies and there have not been violence in any of the rallies, but the moment we stepped out to campaign, they attacked us. We launch our billboards but they bring them down.”

“It’s not about APC candidate any more, it’s a movement to bring Kwara back after 16 years of stealing, they stole our resources, they have turned Kwara state into an ATM, they steal money, all you need to do is, look at evidence presented at the code of conduct tribunal to see where our monies have gone.”

Reacting to the governor’s ban on rallies and procession, he said, “They don’t want us to get there but we’ll get there by the grace of God. In a democratic setting, how can they ban a rally. We are victims of violence here we are victims of their violence and it must stopped.”

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Threat Of Violence Won’t Suppress Yearnings For Change In Kwara, Says AbdulRazaq

Kwara APC governorship candidate AbdulRahman AbdulRazaq on Monday said no threat of violence can suppress the resolve of the people to turn the page on the current political status quo in the state.

AbdulRazaq told a news briefing in the state capital Ilorin that Sunday’s attack was the fourth targeted at him since his convoy was attacked by gunmen last November in Kwara South when he led a campaign for the rerun ballot in irepodun/Isin/Oke Ero/Ekiti federal constitution which the APC won.

The briefing was attended by the APC’s Kwara Central senatorial candidate Ibrahim Oloriegbe; top APC chieftain Yahaya Seriki; and hundreds of other party stalwarts. 

He said the second was the disruption — reportedly by loyalists of the senate president Bukola Saraki — of the Ilorin Emirate Descendant Progressive Union (IEDPU) programme when it was his turn to address the community gathering. 

“You can’t impose your will on the people. What you have are a people clutching at straws. They are drowning men and they are on their way out. They have no answers to the agitation going on in the state,” AbdulRazaq said.

“Ilorin has changed. Kwara has changed. People are tired. There were major defections to our party just yesterday in Kaiama. People want a breath of fresh air and their response to that is violence. We won’t join them to encourage violence. We will keep on reporting them to the appropriate authorities because this is our town and we won’t destroy it. We know they are not from here and they don’t care whatever happens to our community.”

He also said people are tired of electing a governor who would always be at the mercy of their godfather, saying the incumbent cannot take any decision on Kwara except such decisions enjoy the backing of his godfather — a veiled reference the to mentor-mentee relationship of Governor Abdulfatah Ahmed and Saraki. 

He added: “The last time they came, they brought Fatah Ahmed. But we know he’s not an executive governor. He couldn’t tar a single road in Ifelodun local government where he comes from. So, why do you expect the one they are bringing now to do any better? There is a lot of work to be done in Kwara. They asked them about the minimum wage and they said they will and even pay more. These are people who haven’t paid salary for many months. Mind you, people have not noticed that last year’s budget was N190b; this year’s budget is N150b. if you cannot pay salary with N190b, how can you pay salary with N150b? they are not here to do anything. They just want the perks of office. We have to get them out because enough is enough.”

Ibrahim Oloriegbe, for his part, said one APC member — AbdulRasheed Oloduowo — was shot dead while several others were injured as suspected PDP thugs attacked a rally of the APC at Ode Alfa Nda in the state capital. He said over 50 vehicles belonging to APC chieftains were destroyed in the area, including at Agbaji, the homestead of Saraki.

Identifying and calling for immediate arrest of thugs he claimed were working for the senate president, Oloriegbe recalled that similar violence was unleashed on Kwarans in 2003 during Saraki’s campaigns for the office of governor.

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Group Condemns Killings Of Kwara APC Members By PDP Gunmen

The Abdulrazaq Abdulrahman for Kwara mandate group (AA4Kwara) has condemned the attack by suspected PDP hired Gunmen on All Progressives Congress Supporters, which left two people dead and five other persons critically injured in Ilorin Yesterday.

The group described the attack as barbaric and callous killing of defenseless citizens, especially women and children, saying the perpetrators of the senseless killings have lost their sense of decency and humanity.

In a statement issued in Ilorin by the Group Convener, Jabar Ismaheel, said; “while every human life is sacrosanct, it is particularly saddened by the assassination attempt on the APC Governorship candidate, Mr Abdulrahman Abdulrazaq who miraculously escaped and an aftermath shooting at His supporters while staging a solidarity rally at the Alanamu area of the state capital”

The statement added: “Nothing in the world can justify the kind of intimidation we have witnessed in recent times in Kwara state, and it wondered why the PDP who boasted of being Popular in the state will descend to the level of do or die Politics”.

The group recalled various official complaints to the Police about PDP thugs known as Goodboys allegedly backed by the Senate President, Bukola Saraki who frequently harass the citizens, masterminds destruction of APC campaign billboards and causes society unrest, yet they were more emboldened in their nefarious activities.

Jabar also noted that ‘’It is glaring that these attacks and killings are state-sponsored. That is why the police have not been able to stop them. Or will the Commissioner of Police claim he is not aware of these dastardly acts? Can the State Security Service (SSS) also claim ignorance? Are those being killed no longer Nigerians just because they belong to the APC?

“We called on the Federal Government especially President Muhammadu Buhari and Inspector General of Police to interfere in the security crisis of the state as democracy is in danger, we do not want the situation to degenerate to a state of emergency as the citizens have been stretched beyond the elasticity of Patience. These killings must be investigated with the aim of nipping it at the bud”.

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PDP Thugs Wearing Our Vests To Attack Innocent Citizens, Kwara APC Cries Out

We have information that PDP thugs, true to our predictions since December 2018, have now mass-produced vests and other APC logos with which they are going around Kwara State to destroy things and attack innocent citizens. This is an old tactic for which the PDP and its patrons are known.

We recently alerted the people of Kwara to this evil tactic of the PDP. Armed with guns and other deadly weapons, they are wearing the same APC vests and filming themselves as they carried out this act of violence against Kwarans. An example was what they did today (Sunday 13 January) in Surulere area of Ilorin in the state capital. This was the same tactic they deployed in 2003 and other election periods. These are panicky measures adopted by the drowning dynasty which has lost the battle of ideas.

We remain committed to running a peaceful, issues-based and decent campaign. Again, we call on the security agencies to arrest this ugly trend. We reiterate our position that politicians must seek people’s votes through superior arguments and campaign pledges, not through violence and propaganda for which the PDP is now known all over Nigeria. The drowning dynasty must run its campaign on its records in office, not through violence and intimidation. Enough is enough. O To Ge

Rafiu Ajakaye
Media Aide to the AbdulRahman AbdulRazaq Governorship Campaign Organisation

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Kwara APC Governorship Candidate Escapes Assassination

Kwara APC governorship candidate AbdulRahman AbdulRazaq on Sunday escaped death by the whiskers as suspected PDP thugs fired at a rally he was attending at Ode Alfa Nda area of the state capital.

AbdulRazaq, who had on Saturday begun a daring door-to-door mobilisation of voters in Ilorin, was quickly whisked away from the rally as thousands of party supporters also scampered for safety. Two persons were seriously injured by gunshots fired by the thugs at the rally and have since been taken to the hospital.

The violence occurred almost simultaneously with similar attacks on APC supporters in Ile Aiyelabegan, a household that is a spit distance from the Agbaji homestead of the Senate President Bukola Saraki.

“We condemn this brazen resort to violence. This is getting out of hand. Nigerians are urged to prevail on the Senate president to prevail on his party thugs and stalwarts to give peace a chance in Kwara. There is life after politics,” Rafiu Ajakaye, media aide to the AbdulRahman AbdulRazaq campaign organisation, said in a statement.

“We call on all the security agencies to buckle down and tame the monsters who are now terrorising everybody in not just Ilorin but everywhere in Kwara where people express their desire for freedom and life more abundant.”

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Ilorin Stands Still As APC’s AbdulRahman Leads Pro-Buhari Rally

Tens thousands of Kwara APC members and supporters placed Ilorin on a lock down for hours on Thursday as the party’s governorship candidate AbdulRahman AbdulRazaq led other candidates to mobilise voters ahead of the general election.

The rally saw thousands of locals lining the streets and mobbing the long motorcade and heavy trucks conveying the APC campaigners amid deafening shouts of O To Ge, the campaign slogan of the party which means ‘enough is enough’. The rally was also dominated by shouts of Sai Buhari. 

The campaign train took off from Fate end of the capital city and criss-crossed densely populated areas like Pata market, Gambari,  Okelele,  Abayawo, Omoda and peaked at Pakata where the candidates took turns to address the masses. 

“We are committed to end the tyranny in our state. O To Ge. We will ensure workers are paid their dues at the right time. A government that cannot account for trillions of naira of public funds cannot expect to be trusted again,” AbdulRazaq told the rally.

AbdulRazaq also laughed off a recent claim by Senate President that APC wants to make Kwara a part of the West,  dismissing it as the antic of drowning politicians hanging to any straw.

“If West means Tinubu, Bukola took Kwara to the west in 2015 when (Bola) Tinubu was leader of APC,” AbdulRazaq said.

“Their desperate attempt to incite the public against us has failed. Every student of history understands the role my father AGF AbdulRazaq SAN played in 1955 to convince the Willinks Commission on Minorities that Ilorin belonged to the northern region. Where was Saraki in those years?  Where is his sense of history?”

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Kwara’s Education Sector Deteriorates Despite Huge Govt Funding, APC Guber Candidate Says

The continued decay in Kwara education sector has again been brought to the limelight by the gubernatorial candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in the state, Mr. Abdulrahman AbdulRazaq.

A support group of the candidate called “AA4Kwara” had on Tuesday, revealed that despite the billions of naira allocated to the education sector by the opposition Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) Governor Abdulfatah Ahmed, the resources have since failed to achieved desired outcomes.

According to the group, Governor Fatai budgeted N24.1 billion to education in 2015 (representing 20% of the budget), N30.4 billion in 2016 (representing 26.2% of the budget), N29 billion in 2017 (representing 24% of the budget), and another N12.6 billion in 2018 (representing 11.8% of the entire budget), yet the sector deteriorated to a state of shame.

The support group said the survey reports on the education sector in the state was far from the state government claims about building schools, revolutionizing the sector, implementing many structural reforms & policies.

While huge funding has been allocated to the sector, the group said dilapidated and deteriotating structures are seen in almost institution of learning in the state.

It listed many abandoned projects at “Akerebiata LGEA School, Kwara Polytechnic Permanent site, another abandoned projects at Kwara Polytechnic, abandoned block of classroom at Community Secondary school, Oke-Oye Oja.

“Abandoned hostel at Sheik Abdulkudir Secondary school, uncompleted block of classroom at Kwara Poly secondary school, uncompleted block of classroom at Otefon LGEA School in Moro Local government, dilapidated Schools/classrooms in Ekiti Local Government Area of the state, and another dilapidated school structures in SHARE town of Ifelodun Government Area.”

The many dilapidated academic structures in the state has affected the quality of students been turned out by the state, the group said.

“The WAEC ratings of Kwara State performance also added more credence to the fact the present Government in Kwara state is stagnant on the way forward to chart a new course.

In 2018, WAEC rated Kwara 18th position, in 2017 it was rated same 18th position; in 2016, it was also rated 18th position. In 2015, the state was again rated 16th in 2015 and then 2014, showing no record of academic improvement from the state.

“A year ago, recall that a photo went viral on social media that showed some primary school pupils in Mancha village, Edu Local Government Area of Kwara State sleeping outside. Till today the status quo hasn’t change. it is saddening for our dear state.

“Teachers in both Primary & secondary schools are being owed more than five months salaries which have lowered their motivation to carry out their responsibilities. Few cases of death were reported among the teachers who couldn’t buy drugs for their upkeep,” the group said.

The group however noted that the APC candidate’s “objective is to deliver qualitative, affordable and accessible education for all.”

It said that Mr. AbdulRazaq has promised that his administration will tackle the problems by declaring “a state of Emergency” in the education sector at the takeoff of his administration.”

“AbdulRazaq’s resuscitation plans to revolutionize the sector are re-designing, rehabilitating & ensuring standard educational infrastructure for all Public schools in Kwara state; human resources mapping to determine the specific areas of needed specializations; ending the pilfering of funds and ensuring that allocations to the sector are appropriately applied to the last kobo; ensuring prompt payment of salaries and allowances to all teachers in public schools.

“Resuscitating the inspectorate division of the education sector; placing a premium on relevant skills, competence and professionalism in the recruitment and selection processes; pursuing a deliberate policy of training and retraining to enhance teachers’ capacity; enforcing strict compliance with the approved educational curriculum at all times, and teaching of entrepreneurship skills in secondary schools.”

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APC Sets To Take Over Power In Kwara

The Director General, Buhari Campaign Organisation, Mr Rotimi Amaechi says all is now set for the APC to take over power from the ruling party in Kwara State.

Mr Amaechi stated this while inaugurating about two thousand polling units’ canvassers for the President Buhari-Osinbajo Project, BOP in Ilorin Kwara state.

The President Buhari Campaign Organisation Director General said the large number of canvassers and mobilizers in the state was an indication that the people have realized the need for change and urged them to turn out en mass to mobilize and vote for the president in the February 16th election.

The Governorship flag bearer of the APC in the state, Alhaji Abdulrahman Abdulrazaq who called on the sitting governor Abdulfatah Ahmed to resign, assured the people that he would strengthen the security apparatus in the state if elected as governor.

The Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed charged the canvassers to ensure the President gets another four years to enable him consolidate on his achievements.

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Kwara APYF Raises Alarm Over Smear Campaign Against APC Guber Candidate

The Kwara State Chapter of the All Progressives Youth Forum (APYF), a youth group under the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC), has cried out over a propaganda video tagged ‘Ramoni Dagboru’ allegedly orchestrated by Senate President Bukola Saraki.

In a press statement signed by the State Coordinator, Tunde Salau, he noted that the video portrayed the APC gubernatorial candidate, Alhaji Abdulrahman Abdulrazak as a trouble maker following the fracas that played out at the Ilorin Emirate Descendants Progressive Union (IEDPU) conference which held recently at the Emir’s palace.

The statement partly reads:

“While a response had already been given to the false accusation that the APC candidate was responsible for what transpired at that conference, judging by the fact that it was not Abdulrahman Abdulrazak’s supporters that were booing him, throwing chairs and shouting SAI LEADER; we must however make haste to expose their latest antics of pitching the APC candidate against the Alimi dynasty and the highly revered emir of Ilorin in particular.

“It is noteworthy to observe that Dr. Bukola Saraki knows the weakness of an average Ilorin person and he has always use this to a good political advantage. He knows that an Ilorin man would never joke with anything that touches the great Alimi dynasty and the Emir, being the symbol of Ilorin culture and tradition.

“This explains why during the politics of 2007, the same Bukola Saraki claimed that the late Mohammed Alabi Lawal, then the governorship candidate of the All Nigerian Peoples Party (ANPP) has sworn to depose the emir the moment he returns as governor. It was this falsehood, initiated and promoted by Dr. Saraki, that turned many Ilorin people against the late Governor Mohammed Lawal.

“It was therefore a familiar strategy that Dr. Saraki is again deploying when he said that Alhaji Abdulrahman Abdulrazak disrespected the emir and forced him to leave the scene of the IEDPU event as a result of his ‘bad conduct’. This is vintage Dr. Saraki playing on the emotion of Ilorin people and turning them and the emir against the APC candidate. A desperate man will certainly result to all the strategies and formulas in his play book; and that is exactly what Dr. Saraki is doing.

“For 16 years, beginning from 2003 till date; Bukola Saraki has held unto the levers of power in our State without any commensurate development. A man who in 16 years could not repair dilapidated infrastructures across the State is certainly ‘Ada’luru’ (town spoiler). A man who in 16 years couldn’t fix our deathtrap of roads is the greatest spoiler of not only our city but also our dear State.

“A man who allegedly sponsored armed robbers to attack the State and still went about boasting that he refunded more than what the armed robbers stole, without sparing a thought for lost lives, is indeed the ‘ada’leru dona ru’ of Kwara State. Indeed, a man who in 16 years couldn’t provide drinkable water to the people he claimed to love is indeed not only ‘ada’lu ru’ but also ‘ota ilu’ (enemy of our State and its people).

“We know and it’s clear to us that no man who enjoys total control of a people’s commonwealth the way Saraki does will relinquish it without putting up a fiercest fight. We know the desperate Saraki will fight even more dirty and malign the character of the opposition candidates just to temporarily veil the people’s eyes with emotion and escape the scrutiny of his bad leadership over the years. But the people are smarter, and they can definitely see beyond the emotional and sentimental game Saraki is playing.

“For the record, we would like to remind Dr. Bukola Saraki that the ‘Ot’oge’ slogan of our campaign is no longer just a message; it is a resolve of the people to take their destinies in their hands this time and put an end to the selfishness of a few ruling class that have consistently abuse public trust and mandate.

“Saraki and his hangers on may keep attacking our candidate, Alhaji Abdulrahman Abdulrazak; but we tell them that they are focusing attention in the wrong place. This is not about one candidate or even a party; it is about the people. We would see how Saraki will win against the iron cast resolve of the people to free themselves from nearly two decades of slavery and servitude.”

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Don’t Play Politics With Offa Calamity, Minister Warns

The Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, has chided some political actors in Kwara State for attempting to trivialize the April 5, 2018 robbery attack in Offa that left 33 people dead, saying claims of compensating the victims in monetary terms cannot equate the lives lost in the incident.

The Minister, who made the remarks in Offa, Kwara State, on Saturday at the 2018 Ijakadi Festival, described the efforts to trivialize the dastardly act as indecent, and called on the people to condemn any attempt to play politics with human lives.

“In recent days, there have been attempts by some political desperadoes to trivialize the calamity that befell this community when
those armed robbers attacked banks and the police station, among others. These desperadoes were quoted as saying that when they visited this town to commiserate with the people after the attack, they
donated 10 million Naira, even when what was stolen from the banks’ vault was 7 million Naira.

”Now, let us ask them: How many of those who were killed in that attack have they also been able to bring back? How
can any sane person equate human life with money? No amount of money is worth any human life. And no one should play politics with human life. All people of conscience must condemn this glib comment by a
desperate political warlord,” he said.

Alhaji Mohammed commended the resilience of the people of Offa for organizing such an elaborate festival, despite the calamity that befell their community this year, saying it is not surprising because Ijakadi festival itself is a celebration of the Offa virtues of strength and determination, as well as equity, justice and wisdom.

He expressed delight that the people of Offa have resolved that never again will any armed robber, hoodlum or brigand shed the blood of any innocent person in the town by raising 700 million Naira to build an ultra modern Mobile Police Force Barracks in the community.

The Minister said in keeping with the mandate of the Federal Ministry of Information and Culture to develop and promote national festivals, a manager of the Ijakadi Festival has been nominated to attend a training on festival management in Ghana.

“In line with our promise during the 2017 Ijakadi Festival, to help train the managers of this festival, I am happy to announce that come January 2019, a manager of the Ijakadi Festival will be travelling to Ghana to attend the training which is being organized by the Ministry in collaboration with the British Council. I congratulate the nominee and I am sure he or she will make the best use
of this opportunity,” he said.

In his remarks, the Olofa of Offa, Oba Mufutau Gbadamosi Esuwoye II, said the Ijakadi Festival is aimed at sustaining the cultural heritage of the people and fostering cohesion in Offa community and its environs.

“Today, the Ijakadi Festival has, of course, attracted national attention, corporate bodies and government at all levels. Without any iota of doubt, this festival has brought development and benefits to Offa Community,” he said.

Highlights of the Ijikadi Festival include the traditional wrestling, homage to the Oba by the various districts, horse racing, hairdo and traditional attire display, as well as Moremi showpiece.

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