October 26 (THEWILL) – A former governor of Kwara State, Bukola Saraki, recounted the lessons he learned from a political movement that swept his proteges from power and threatened his political prestige in the state.
“Otoge,” which translates to “enough is enough,” was used by the then opposition, the state’s All Progressives Congress (APC), to campaign against decades of US domination. Kwara’s politics by Saraki’s family in the 2019 governor’s election.
Prior to this election, Saraki’s loyalists had won most of the state’s elected mandates.
The former Senate Speaker appeared on Arise TV’s “The Morning Show” Tuesday, where he explained why the political movement was successful and the alleged reasons why the people of Kwara fell in love with him.
Saraki said he was taught by the Otoge movement that “sometimes elections have to do with sentiment or propaganda.”
He said, “If you come to Kwara today and talk to people, you will find that many of them will tell you that we have been sold lies and propaganda … we have made some mistakes in the tracking issues ”and that at the end of the day they were better then than they are today.
Saraki’s earlier dominance of Kwara politics can be traced to his late father, Olusola Saraki, who passed the baton of leadership to his son.
Young Saraki and his siblings held different elective positions at the same time.
The “Otoge” movement was seen as a way for the Kwara people to protest against the political hegemony of the Saraki family by voting overwhelmingly against their followers in the 2019 general elections.
But Bukola Saraki argued that the Kwara APC deceived the people of the state by using propaganda to seize power.
“So one of the things you also learn in politics is that you also have to accept that sometimes voters walk away. The electorates are always right, sometimes they go with their emotions and later the electorates too can come back and say “I think we were wrong here”.
“Because at the end of the day in Kwara, there was no substance. It was crude propaganda and that’s what they say.
“Since we lost the election, I immediately congratulated the other party and told my supporters to support them.
“Our candidate for governor who wanted (to challenge the result), went to the electoral tribunal and wanted to go to the Supreme Court (but) we called him and said to him ‘listen, let’s cooperate, let’s not go beyond the electoral tribunal ”and now it’s the party itself and the people who say“ we made a mistake here. ”So what we learn from this is that voters sometimes, can -being after there has been fatigue or a party has been in government for so long, people will say I want to try something else. Sometimes these decisions are made on feelings as opposed to what is. really on the ground. ”
Information Minister Lai Mohammed, who is a leader of the APC Kwara, said a few months ago that he regretted having supported Governor Abdulrahman Abdulrazaq as the candidate for the post of party governor during the of the 2019 elections.
“It was immediately after the governor became the party’s candidate for election that we realized we had seized a chance.
“Despite all the warnings from relevant party leaders and others who had reservations about his choice, our reaction at the time was that regardless, his choice was better than where we came from. But we were wrong, ”Mohammed said in July.