Saraki field in return proposal
On Saturday, November 14, former Senate President Bukola Saraki returned to Ilorin, the capital of the state of Kwara, for the first time since the political losses in 2019 that he and his party, the People’s Democratic Party (NDP), suffered from the All Progressive Congress (APC) decision.
The former governor was indeed in town to attend a memorial prayer for his father, Senator Olusola Saraki. Bukola Saraki was not alone on this visit as he arrived just a day after his sister, Senator Gbemisola Saraki, Minister of State for Transport, arrived in Ilorin for the same purpose.
In 2019, Saraki, who has ruled the state politically since 2003, when he used his father’s political power to become governor, received a terrible bow to his political jaw, as he not only lost control of the administrative structure of the state in Oto. ‘ge revolution, but he also lost his seat in the Senate due to the furious APC. To make matters worse, no candidate supported by him and his group won a single seat. While the winners were still applauding and the losers sulking, the former Senate President slipped out of town. And he won’t be back until November 14 of last year.
Upon arrival, Saraki received a heroic welcome from members and supporters. A huge crowd of supporters and supporters have laid siege to Ilorin International Airport to welcome Senator Bukola Saraki’s home after a long hiatus. The crowd moved with him into the city as he rode in procession to his family’s house. The political rally prompted observers to state that Bukol Saraki’s return to his homeland was more than just a memorial to his father. Today, there are stronger signs that Saraki’s political family is gearing up for a comeback in 2023.
“They are testing the water. Opposition to Kwara is still formidable. You need a leader who unites different forces. Without a doubt, Saraki is the best person for this. His absence during all this left the stage for the political uprising of the APC. Now that he’s back in the political arena, rest assured that the 2023 competition has started in earnest. The solemn exit, which he made after the massive mobilization of his allies and accomplices, is intended to send signals that he is ready to lead the prosecution of APC again, ”the analyst said.
So that no one could doubt his political intentions, Saraki, shortly after his visit to Ilorin, promised to court political stakeholders, young people, businessmen, among others, in the bosom of the NDP in his quest for success. return to power in 2023. He spoke in Abuja at the inauguration of the National Committee for Strategy and Reconciliation of the NDP, which he chairs. However, the authorities in Qvar did not lose sight of the fact that Oloy did not regret the anecdote, allowing Governor Abdulrahman Abdulrazak and his party, the APC, to know that he was back and ready.
“We will do our best to contact our members who have one or another complaint, and we will try to reconcile all of us. We will contact several key politicians who have left our flock and have expressed interest in returning to the PDP. We will reach all young people who are looking for a party where they can contribute to the development of our country. We will appeal to those who create jobs in our country and want to support a party with a clear and realistic economic policy.
“We will have discussions with many other political leaders from other parties who have expressed a desire to join the NDP, but refrained until we put things in order in our house. Whereas political parties are a vehicle for mobilizing citizenship around national goals, objectives and ideas; “It is important that the passengers in the car are in harmony, stay together in peace and are focused on their destination and the best possible route to get there,” he said.
Obviously, Saraki’s return from voluntary political exile is awakening his allies and party leaders. More and more leaders of opposition parties are finding their voice. Speaking recently, the president of the Ingres party. Cola Shittu said the NDP is now stronger and better than in 2019, and as such is poised to return to government in 2023. According to him, people, too, having tried both the NDP and the armored personnel carrier, are now wiser than they were in 2019. “Given the way APC is solving problems, we will return to power in 2023,” he said.
“The APC came to power through propaganda and lies. They deceived people. Now citizens have seen the difference between our governors and their governor. So 2023 will come, we’ll be back. We have the right plans. We have strategies, and our leader, Senator Saraki, is an intelligent person who knows what to do and what to say. “The current governor is a businessman, and people saw that the incompetence of the current government affects the state,” he added.
Not a threat
But the All Progressive Congress (APC) in Kwara state says the recent tribute to Saraki should not be taken as serious by political experts. According to the ruling party, the era of intimidation of voters with rented crowds is over. APC boasted that Saraki would not in any way affect APC’s chances in 2023. “APC will give the floor to other political parties in any elections that take place in the state,” said the APC president in Kwara. , Bashir Bolarinwa, insisting that Saraki’s dominance of Quar’s politics is gone forever.
“Let me say this for everyone to hear; we do not prohibit anyone from entering the state. The recent tribute to Saraki does not represent anything serious. We know Saraki can no longer pose a threat to APCs in the state. God who was with us yesterday is with us forever. Our members have no reason to be afraid. Saraki’s dominance in the political landscape of Kwara is gone forever. His arrival or absence will in no way affect APC’s chances in 2023. APC will give the floor to any opponent of Quar in 2023, ”he said.
Likewise, 74-year-old veteran politician Kunle Suleiman said that neither Saraki nor the NDP can stop the re-election of AKN Governor Abdulrasak in 2023. Suliman, one of the founding fathers of the NDP in the state of Qwara, said in his speech that the governor will retain his seat for the APC. “If Abdulrahman Abdulrasak is doing well and I believe that he is already doing very well and will do even more, no one can stop him. We’re old at the game. The 2023 strategy is already in place, let them plan their own, we will plan ours.
“When you look at performance, you have to understand how it directly affects people’s lives. During the year there is not a single local government that the governor has not touched. Golden city, the road has not been motorized for many years. The governor did it. He is already inviting investors to various tourist centers in the state, where he has made the roads to those centers passable. Go to Offa, Northern Kwara, and also to Kwara Central, our people are not blind, they are grateful.
“Tell me, in 16 years, when did we have it? I have been living in Adevole, Ilorin for 10 years, there was no water, but today I can drink government water at home, courtesy of A.A., and someone will come and tell me that he was not speaking when I met the government who spent billions of naira stitching water together, and I haven’t had water for 10 years. What about education? there are no schools in the three Senate districts that have not been restored; all these schools are now favorable for students and teachers, and some will now say that he did not work, are they blind? Somewhere in Yashikir, in the north of Kvar, they had light, but for about seven years they had no light, and the governor supplied them with solar energy, ”he recalls.
The race has begun
Addressing the crowd during his November homecoming, Saraki announced that the 2023 political game is now open in the state as he specifically stated that his homecoming should be compared to the Premier League kickoff. According to close associates of the former President of the Senate, he aims to return the NDP to the Government House. “Bukola is a man who loves the inhabitants of Qvara and cannot cross his arms when he is in pain. The current administration has failed and we are going to change that, ”the aide said.
But some analysts say the odds against the former Senate president are huge. Abdulrazak Alaby, a political researcher based in Ilorin, wonders what role the former governor will play in 2023. “Many will ask the question: What role does Bukola Saraki want to play in public policy in 2023? Godfather? Do you want to return to the Senate? Do you want to run for president? None of the options suits him. Who wants another godfather to plan their future? Not in today’s Kvar. The people are gone. If you want to return to the Senate; this is his legal right. But he will be asked if there is anyone other than his family who is suitable for this position, ”he said.
However, some SPS leaders are concerned about the NDP’s continued efforts to position itself as an alternative to the ruling party ahead of the 2023 general elections. As a result, they are calling on the SPS to clean up the house ahead of the elections. Chief Rex Olavoye, former president of the Ifelodun local government area and shortly thereafter APC’s public affairs secretary in Qvar, worries that a crisis within the party, if not resolved, will lead to disaster during the elections. Today, the Kwara armored personnel carrier is torn between supporters of Governor Abdul Rahaman Abdul Razak and party president Bashir Bolarinwa.
“I am of the opinion that only the national executive body of the Union of Right Forces can resolve the Cold War within the party in the state. Any attempts to solve this problem locally have been in vain. The party headquarters should set up a reconciliation committee in a timely manner so as not to throw a battered party in Kvar. The governor’s arsenal has enough arsenal to organize a holiday in Kvar. I’m not just talking about money, but also about the recognition of all party members. The lack of recognition has forced some of us to move away from the political group of Dr. Bukok Saraki, ”he said.
Source: – The Nation