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Tinubu to APC supporters: Free Kwara from Bukola Saraki

Tinubu, a former Governor of Lagos, made this call on Monday at the APC Presidential Campaign rally in Ilorin, Kwara.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the rally was attended by President Muhammadu Buhari, who led other APC stalwarts including, Chief Bisi Akande, Abdullahi Adamu, the Party National Chairman, Adams Oshiomhole and others to the gathering.

Tinubu charged the Kwara people to take the advantage of the elections to liberate themselves from the political slavery in the state.

Oshiomhole and Tinubu

The APC chieftain, who delivered most of his address in Yoruba language, alleged: “It is a long time they have been mismanaging the state’s fund.

“Who is doing this? It is Bukola Saraki. We are here today to demand for freedom and liberation of the state.

Lai Mohammed, Oshiomhole, Buhari and Amaechi

“Today, we are here for Bukola Saraki. We are no longer his slaves,” he said

Tinubu noted that his party had nothing against the Senate President’s father, the late Chief Olusola Saraki.

“We pray that God shall repose the soul of the late sage, Olusola Saraki and grant him Aljanah Firdausi, ” he said.

NAN reports that Sen. Gbemisola Saraki, the younger sister to the Senate President and a member of APC was at the rally.

He said with the massive turn out of people at the rally and the political revolution going on in Kwara, the state would be free from oppression.

“I know this is the celebration of your freedom, this is the celebration of the fallen of the Berlin wall and the end to oligarchy, the emperor that have enslaved Kwara,” he said.

Tinubu educated the people on how to cast their votes appropriately for APC and to avoid rejected ballots.

Part of the crowd in Ilorin

Speaking in same vein, Oshiomhole said the rally was a celebration of the end of Bukola Saraki’s reign, who had held the state by the jugular.

He said the mammoth crowd at the rally is an affirmation of the “O to Ge” meaning “Enough is Enough” slogan across the state.

“You must vote APC to oust Bukola, who has underdeveloped Kwara and who controls your governors as a master will control a cook.

“I cannot wait until Saturday, when the referendum to chase out Bukola Saraki will be carried out,” he said.

NAN reports that Oshiomhole presented the APC flag to the party’s Governorship candidate, Alhaji Abdulrahman Abdulrazaq.

The Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, who also addressed the rally said the time has come to retire the political oligarchs who have appropriated Kwara State and its resources to themselves to the detriment of the people.

“It is time to retire those who have held Kwara State down and made our people and our state very poor. They have been deceiving the people. They have been blaming the federal government for their failure.

”When they can’t pay workers salary, they blame the Federal Government. When they can’t provide infrastructure, they blame the Federal Government. They forgot to tell the people that Mr. President has graciously approved bailouts and Paris Club Refund for states, including Kwara. Ask them, where is the money? What did they do with it?” he said.

”When they can’t pay workers salary, they blame the Federal Government. When they can’t provide infrastructure, they blame the Federal Government. They forgot to tell the people that Mr. President has graciously approved bailouts and Paris Club Refund for states, including Kwara. Ask them, where is the money? What did they do with it?” he said.

Alhaji Mohammed warned that voting the present crop of leaders in Kwara State into power again is like giving them another licence to embark of a looting spree, and urged the people to be wary of their Greek gift under the guise of offsetting workers’ salaries

“With elections approaching, their leader, I said their leader, NOT the state government, suddenly brought out 2.5 billion Naira from his kitty to pay workers. Where do individuals pay state workers? Where did the money come from? It is your money that they have been keeping. They have brought out some of it because they are desperate,” he said.

The Minister said the Buhari Administration has executed various infrastructural and social development projects in Kwara, listing them as including the rehabilitation of Ohan and Moro Bridges on Ilorin-Igbeti road; Construction of Patigi-Kpada road and the rehabilitation of Ilorin-Jebba-Mokwa road, which used to be a nightmare for motorists.

He also listed the roads being rehabilitated or constructed to include the Ilorin-Kabba Obajana road; the Ajase-Ipo-Offa-Erin Ile-Osun state boundary; Kaiama-KIshi Road; Offa Bypass in Offa as well as the dualization of Michael Imoudu Ganmo/Afon junction road Ilorin

In addition, Alhaji Mohammed said about 50,000 Kwarans are benefitting from Tradermoni and Marketmoni, 9,886 homes in Kwara State are benefitting from the Conditional Cash Transfer that gives 5,000 Naira monthly to the most vulnerable while the Anchor Borrowers’ Programme has seen the number of rice farmers in Kwara grow from 5,000 to 30,000.

He therefore urged the people of the state to vote for President Buhari, APC governorship candidate Abdulrahman Abdulrazaq and all other APC candidates in the forthcoming elections.

The mega rally was attended by President Buhari, National Chairman of the APC Adams Oshiomhole, National Leader of the APC Asiwaju Bola Tinubu, former Osun State Governors Bisi Akande and Rauf Aregbesola, Ministers of Transportation as well as Interior, Rotimi Amaechi and Abdulrahman Dambazau respectively, and the APC governorship candidate in Kwara State, Alhaji Abdulrazaq Abdulrahman, among others

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