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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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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