The All Progressives Congress, APC, has expressed appreciation to the people of Kwara State for the tremendous and overwhelming support shown to President Muhammadu Buhari and all candidates of the party in the Presidential and National Assembly elections that held last Saturday.
The Senate President, Bukola Saraki, lost to Dr Yahaya Oloriegbe of the APC in the Senatorial election. Oloriegbe polled a total of 123, 808 votes to defeat the Senate President who scored 68, 994 votes in the four local governments of Kwara Central Senatorial District.
Saraki had been a two-time former governor of Kwara State, and has served in the Senate for three terms.
Reacting, the APC, in a statement on Monday by its National Publicity Secretary, Mallam Lanre Issa-Onilu, said its victory in Kwara is special in so many ways, stressing that the people showed uncommon resilience and determination against all odds to “kick out a man that had stagnated development and held the fortunes of the state hostage for the past 16 years”.
The statement reads, “The people of Kwara have shown clearly that they will not longer fraternize with their oppressors neither will the state representation continue to be a sign post for thuggery, embezzlement, feudal lords, misuse of power and opportunism.
“The people of Kwara have shown commitment to the kind of change that will empower the people while reclaiming the lost glory of Kwarans.
“The dawn of intellectual capacity, integrity, accountability, fair and progressive representation as well as respect for people and institutions beckon.
“We equally note with utmost satisfaction the total and unequivocal victory given to our party, as we not only won the Presidential election, but also all the Senate and House of Representatives seats in the state.
“It is, indeed, a new dawn for our dear Kwara State. The APC would not take this victory for granted. Service to the people would be our watchword, as our Representatives in the National Assembly are fully conscious of the enormous responsibilities now placed on their shoulders.
“However, we want to remind our people that the work is not done yet. We humbly ask every eligible voter in the state to come out en masse and vote for our governorship candidate, AbdulRahman Abdulrazak and all our candidates for the House of Assembly polls.
“To accomplish this task is imperative in order to uproot all the vestiges of the retrogressive political servitude that has held our dear state backward amongst the comity of states in Nigeria.”