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OPINION: Kwara APC: Unraveling the Hypocrisy of Otoge Crusaders

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By David Titiloye

2019 will be remembered as the year in which Nigeria, particularly Kwara state witnessed the most dishonest and hypocritical campaign ever in our nation’s history.

A group of people hired a political strategy and media group reputed as of one of the foremost political mercenaries in Africa to set a deceptive narrative that our state was in political captivity and they were set to give us freedom while promising us an El dorado (legendary city of Gold) using the mantra “Otoge”.

Unfortunately, as evidenced by the reason ponzi and pyramid schemes continues to thrive in Nigeria despite the failures of MMM, Racksterli and others, these group of people known as Otoge crusaders preyed on the innocence of Kwarans and our inclination towards quick prosperity that defies the natural order of time and process. We accepted their idea of Kwara becoming an El Dorado city with promises of paradise on earth, vast riches and abundant opportunities.

Little did we know that scholars, historians and archaeologists have long discovered that the legendary city called El Dorado never existed, it was all a fable and a myth, this is infact what Otoge has become in Kwara state, a –fable and a myth–; promises without delivery, many words devoid of substance, posturing without commensurate action.

The same things they vilified Saraki and PDP for has become the order of the day in less than 4 years of been in government. Injustice, incompetence, impunity has become entrenched in the governance of our dear state.

3 years after the 2019 elections, AbdulRahman AbdulRazaq is yet to transition to being a governor and an administrator, he has rather chosen to remain a politician who has turned the government house to his political fiefdom. He started off with a vindictive mission against Saraki (which was assumed to be politically permissible) and then proceeded to political-infighting with those who brought him into government hence kicking them to another party.

I took no interest in his shenanigans until June 9, 2022 when his penchant for injustice spread into Kwara South in cahoots with my representative, Hon. Tunji Olawuyi aka Ajuloopin.

Ajuloopin who after failing to deliver on his mandate to Ekiti/Oke-Ero/Irepodun/Isin constituency assumed he was much lesser a failure than Sen. Oyelola Ashiru and decided to wrestle him to Kwara South senatorial ticket, where he lost shamefully.

Ajuloopin rather than accepting his defeat gracefully and congratulate the winner, he concocted lies about certain delegates not being allowed to vote and was pushing for a rerun with impending court cases.

After realizing his dream was fast becoming a hopeless venture, he chose to connive with the governor and the leadership of the party by ordering for a rerun for the Rep. ticket in which C.O Adebayo had been declared as the legitimate winner with other contestants congratulating him for winning an election that was fair and transparent.

This was the same template AbdulRahman deployed across all constituencies in the state by giving the party tickets to his stooges thereby becoming a first time governor assuming the status of a godfather.

Please help me ask AbdulRahman and Ajuloopin how someone who contested in the senatorial primary for Kwara South managed to participate in a rerun for the HOR election that already had a winner?, when was he screened?, where are the reports or petitions that the initial primary was marred by irregularities?

This is the injustice and impunity that has characterized the APC government in Kwara state and I urged all Kwarans and Kwara Southerners to resist these chalartans who have no regard for rule of law and legitimate processes.

If they can perpetrate such injustice against their party member who is a notable figure in the society, imagine the fate of an average Kwaran.

Resist your oppressors!!

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