#NigeriaDecides2019: Mix Reactions In Kwara Over Saraki’s Defeat
The defeat of the Senate President Bukola Saraki in the National Assembly election for Kwara Central Senatorial district is generating mix reaction in the state.
While some residents see the defeat as a total liberation others are heartbroken.
One of the greetings in Kwara State after the loss of Saraki in the National Assembly election is 'Otope' meaning it calls for celebration.
The popular 'Otoge' slogan of the APC which meant enough is enough played a major role in the defeat as many electorates turn out in their numbers to exercise their franchise to make the slogan come to fruition.
It was one of the unique selling point of the opposition party All Progressive Congress APC which to actualise their set goals.
Since the defeat, the Otoge slogan has now transformed to Otope in some quarters of Ilorin Metropolis.
Some Ilorin residents spoke with Bounce News and bared their mind on the new development.
Sekiratu Jimoh said: "We have been cheated for so long, the dearth of some government hospitals in the state resulted to maternal death of some pregnant women in the state before or after delivering because some of the government hospital's lack the necessary tools and equipment to function effectively.”
According to her, the state government decided to do some works in the state when election started approaching as some of the abandoned rural roads were rehabilitated and the water from the state water co-operation which comes out once in a blue moon started flowing constantly before and during the elections just for them to be voted for.
She added: " We started getting dividends from the state government when the election came close look at this rural road the government graded it when they saw that election was approaching, we should not deceive ourselves civil servants in Kwara State are not well-paid compared to their counterparts in other states.”
Another resident in the state, Fatai Jimoh who also spoke with Bounce News said he just have natural liking for the Senate President Bukola Saraki although he benefited ‘nothing’ from him
" I just have natural liking for Dr Saraki he never gave me anything, but I don't just no why I felt bad about his defeat" he said.
Another resident, James Oluwafemi also said " I felt the defeat I benefit nothing from him, but I know he is a generous man i wish him well in his endeavor" he said
Saraki lost all 4 local governments in the Kwara Central Senatorial District polling 68,994 votes as against APC's Dr. Ibrahim Oloriegbe's 123,808.
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