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Tuesday, February 26, 2019

How Otoge Movement And Offa Robbery Caused Saraki's Defeat

Image may contain: 1 person, smilingWhen he clinched the All Progressives Congress (APC) ticket to vie for the Kwara central senatorial election, many waved his ambition aside. The people of Kwara state have seen him lose the same contest in the past but that didn’t deter him. Ibrahim Oloriegbe vowed he would retire Senate President Bukola Saraki and true to his words, he did exactly that on Sunday, at least for now.
He polled 123,808 votes to defeat Saraki who had 68,994 votes. What a landslide victory! A margin of 54,814
Wondering why his victory is spectacular? For one, he defeated not just any senator but the senate president. And secondly, his rival’s family has been literally running the affairs of Kwara for decades. Saraki’s father, Olusola, was a prominent politician in the second republic, his sister, though not in the same political camp, was a senator.
On his part, the senate president left office as the governor of Kwara state and saw to the emergence of Abdulfatah Ahmed, one of his staunch loyalists, as successor.
Back to Oloriegbe, the man of the moment. A graduate of Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria, the APC candidate is not a new face in the politics of Kwara. In 1999, he was elected a member of the Kwara house of assembly under the All Nigeria Peoples Party (ANPP). He held sway as majority leader till he left in 2003.
HIS FIRST BATTLE WITH SARAKI
Oloriegbe contested for the senate under the Action Congress of Nigeria (ACN) in 2011, against Saraki, then of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP). Saraki’s victory was believed to have been influenced by his incumbency power as then governor. He was announced to have polled a total of 78,799 votes to defeat Oloriegbe who polled 53,058 votes.
OFFA ROBBERY
On April 5, 2018, armed robbers attacked banks in Offa, Kwara state, killing 33 people, including pregnant women and 12 police officers. It later emerged that some of the suspects had links to Saraki and the Kwara state government. This created a major PR disaster for Saraki as he became publicly involved in a spat with the police hierarchy.
THE ‘O TO GE’ MOVEMENT
For some years now, Kwara residents have been under the leadership of the Saraki family, a culture many refer to as the ‘Saraki dynasty’. Saraki’s late father, Olusola, was known for installing governors. In 2003, his son took over from Mohammed Lawal as governor of the state, an office he held for two terms. From there, he proceeded to the senate form where he is said to have been calling the shots in Kwara.
But as time went by, the people were said to have been “fed up” of the influence from Saraki’s family and gradually, a popular movement known as ‘O to ge!’ began. Loosely translated as ‘enough is enough’, the movement – or revolt as you may wish to call it – was spearheaded by key political figures in Kwara including Abdulrahman AbdulRazak, APC governorship candidate in the state, with the help of prominent figures there such as Lai Mohammed, minister of information and culture.
Time and again, Mohammed lamented about the “Saraki dynasty.” The minister once said: “The main issues here have to do with how our state has been governed in the past 50 years, 40 of which have been dominated by a single family. What has happened to the commonwealth, which has been cornered by a single dynasty at the expense of the people?”

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FACEBOOK COMMENTS

Endee Saint Mark

game over

Justtiin Uzor

GOOD way to retire such a self acclaimed political Mafia..
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Endy Edeson

GUYS, BUT THERE IS STILL HOPE FOR SARAKI IF ATIKU WINS
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Tee Ruby

I heard the father laid a curse on him
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John Orogun

The end has come, he's finished politically
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Rasheed Alao

God will never leave his own People , let's keep fingers crossed
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Ogundeji Femi

Atiku cannot
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Ifunanya Kimmy

My political man crush everyday
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Ade Ade Stephen

Now, we must bring O To Ge movement to Lagos State , Enough is Enough in Lagos State. Kudos to Kwara people.

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