OrderPaperToday – A major upset has been recorded in the just concluded national assembly elections in Kwara State as Ibrahim Oloriegbe, candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC) for Kwara central senatorial district has defeated the incumbent and President of the Senate, Bukola Saraki.
Saraki is candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and also the Director General of the party’s presidential campaign council with responsibility to deliver the candidate, Abubakar Atiku, as president. He has been in the Senate since 2011 after completing two consecutive terms as governor of Kwara State.
Saraki lost in all four local government areas that make up the district to the APC’s Oloriegbe, who incidentally had lost the same election to the former in 2011.
It is worthy to note that the Saraki dynasty has manitained an iron-clad grip on the politics of Kwara state for about two decades and has produced governors, members of the National and State Assemblies and other political offices over the years.
It is note worthy too that in a detailed analysis and exit poll conducted by OrderPaperNG the contest for Kwara Central had been flagged as too close to call as at Friday, February 22, 2019.
The senatorial district consist of four Local government areas, Asa, Ilorin East, West and South.
In the results announced at the local government area councils, Saraki trailed behind his main rival. In Ilorin east, Oloriegbe polled 30,014 votes while Saraki had 14,654 votes.
In Asa, the APC candidate secured 15,932 votes and the PDP candidate got 11,252 votes.
Saraki scored 13, 013 votes in Ilorin South local government and Oloriegbe polled 26,331 votes while in Ilorin West, APC polled 51, 531 as against the PDP’s 30,075.
The number of registered voters were 224, 494 and accredited voters were 91,130.
In a swift reaction, the national leadership of the APC expressed excitement over the results, saying the outcome represented the solid voice of the people. National Publicity Secretary of the APC, Mr. Lanre Issa-Onilu, told OrderPaperNG, in a telephone chat that Saraki was not only defeated in the Kwara Central senate race but that the Saraki dynasty was “thoroughly trounced in the rampaging O To Ge revolution which spread like wild fire across the state.”
According to Mr. Issa-Onilu, the people of Kwara have liberated themselves from the grip of the Sarakis and would now begin to “enjoy good real democracy and not family-tocracy that have never benefited the ordinary people.”
OrderPaperNG reached out to Yusuph Olaniyonu, Saraki’s Special Adviser on Media as well as the Special Assistant on New Media, Olu Onemola, both of whom did not take calls nor responded to text messages.