The people of Kwara state trooped in large number yesterday in a peaceful protest against Dr. Abubakar Bukola Saraki led political leadership in the State.
The unprecedented mega rally which brought together the people of the State from all walks of life was coordinated by members of Save Kwara Group in conjuction with Kwara Liberation Movement whose main objective revolves around how the people of the State would be liberated from Saraki led hegemonic leadership which they say is inimical to the growth and development of the State.
The demostration which kicked off as early as 9:30am took off from Geri Alimi Roundabout and it continued to grow bigger as the procession passed through all the streets until it berthed at Post Office area which was its final destination. To prevent any breach of peace likely to spring up as another group called Kwara Agenda had early fixed their counter-rally also for the day, the State Assistant Commissioner of Police led the men of security operatives to the scene and saw that nothing unpeaceful occurred. There was plan to halt the rally at Surulere area but the attempt was resisted vehemently by the participants who insisted they must reach their initially planned destination which was Post-Office.
The peaceful rally also received positive acknowledgements from the motorists, passengers, residents of all the area it passed through as they joined the crowds in singing their various songs which themes were antigovernment and Saraki leadership. The loyalists and lieutinants of the senate president such as Alhaji Kawu Baraje, Bolaji Abdullahi, Governor Abdulfatahi Ahmed, Alh. Jimoh Adesina, Alh. Isiaka Oniwa, the house of representatives members, members of the State local government councils and others were not spared in the songs which rented the wave of air from beginning to the end.
The score of the crowds whom are political party members however used the opportunity to denounce their People Democractic Party (PDP) membership and announced their defection to All Progressives Congress (APC) while they also pledged unalloyed support to leadership of President Muhammadu Buhari whom they described as the perfect captain that can steer the ship of the nation to the promise land.
Speaking on behalf of the decampees, the erstwhile Ilorin West PDP flag bearer in the November 18 local government election, Com. Musbahudeen Oloruntoba Eshinrogunjo said as he waved broom that “we feel happy to join the progressives today as we cut our ties with PDP. We are leaving our former party as a result of impunity and decision not to work with Bukola Saraki who just defected to the party. We don’t want to work with him because his leadership is an objection to the developments of the State we are yearning for.”
“We are using this medium to say no to bad government that couldn’t fix our roads, provide affordable and accessible education and save healthcare service, we are saying no to government that couldn’t pay workers salary and pensioners gratuity, we are saying no to government that couldn’t empower our youth with gainful and legit employments but gives arms and vehicles to ‘goodboys’, we are saying no to godfatherism where one man would be dictating the political fate of over 3 millions people of the state.”
“They said they are leaving APC because the expectations of the State were not met and Buhari uninclusive method of ruling was the reasons why things are getting worse. Let us ask them, was it President Buhari that hold their hands not to perform creditabily? Buhari gave them bail out funds, Paris Club refund and statutory allocations have never stop coming to the state but they failed in giving good accounts of all these monies. We hereby use this opportunity to pledge our unalloyed loyalty and unflinching supports to President Muhammadu Buhari government and Comrade Adams Oshiomole led APC leadership. Comes 2019, APC will win the state massively.” He said.