The Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, has reacted to the defeat of the Senate President, Bukola Saraki by an All Progressives Congress, APC, Senatorial candidate, Abdulrazaq Abdulrahman in the Saturday’s elections.
Mohammed thanked God and the people of Kwara State for the “clean sweep” which the party achieved in last Saturday’s elections in the state.
Addressing a press Conference in Ilorin, Kwara State capital, the Minister said APC “won the match against the PDP 10-0 (1-0 for President, 3-0 for Senate and 6-0 for House of Representatives).”
He also called on the next governor of the state under an All Progressives Congress (APC) dispensation, “February 23rd of every year will be observed as the ‘Day of Liberation’ by the people of the state.
According to Mohammed: ”I want to ask the incoming Governor of our state to, immediately he is sworn in on 29 May 2019, to declare Feb. 23rd (the date of the 2019
Presidential and National Assembly elections) of every year as the ‘Day of Liberation’ for Kwara State,” the Minister, who is also the APC leader in the state, said at a press conference in Ilorin on Monday.
”With the outcome of last Saturday’s elections, I can now conveniently say that KWARA IS FREE! Free from a choking and pauperizing political hegemony of a self-imposed dynasty! Never again will Kwarans be treated like slaves in their own land. Enough is Enough. O To Ge!”. He said.
He said no single individual deserves credit for the APC’s massive victory in the elections, adding that the credit for the victory goes to the good people of Kwara.
Mohammed stated that after being galvanized by ”perhaps the most impactful, three-word political slogan ever in the history of party politics in this land”, Kwarans have confirmed the saying that the power of the people is much stronger the people in power.
He also said that with the APC’s victory in last Saturday’s elections, the ‘Berlin Wall’ of Kwara politics has cracked further and will finally crumble on March 9th, when the state votes in a new Governor and members of the State House of Assembly.
Declaring that the Saturday’s election in the state was free, fair and peaceful, Mohammed said: ”Let me put on the record that the victory in Kwara was achieved in the sweetest way – The election was conducted in
an atmosphere of peace and security. Not a single shot was fired throughout Kwara. No one snatched ballot box. it was an atmosphere of conviviality. It was a sharp departure from what used to be in the state.”
He thanked all the APC members and supporters across the state, as well as all the leaders of the party at all levels
The Minister, however, enjoined them to return to the drawing board in order to correct whatever lapses they may have noticed in last Saturday’s election, with a view to voting massively for the party’s Governorship and House of Assembly candidates.
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