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Democracy; a government of the people, for the people and by the people. If we can draw some conclusions from the result of the general elections in Kwara state for the senatorial seat on the 23rd of February 2019, it is that indeed the control of power and government is not in the hands of the rulers but in the hands of the people.

The result of the election comes as a shock to many conversant with politics in kwara state, as the senate president Bukola Saraki has lost his seat at the upper chambers for the first time since his entry into politics in 2003.

The candidate of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) Bukola Saraki, lost to his APC opponent in all four local councils in the senatorial district with the result standing at 123,808 votes to his own 68,994.

According to the results announced by INEC, Oloriegbe beat Saraki with 15,932 votes to 11,252 in Asa; 30,014 votes to 14,654 in Ilorin East; 26,331 votes to 13,013 in Ilorin South; and 51,531 votes to 30,075 in Ilorin West.

For many who are not familiar with the politics in Kwara state, the Saraki family have been a strong force to recon with. From his father, Olusola Saraki who was in 1977 elected as a member of the Constituent Assembly that produced the 1979 constitution. In 1979 he was elected a Senator of the Second Republic and became Senate Leader. In 1983 Saraki was re-elected into the Senate on the National Party of Nigeria (NPN) platform (Wikipedia).

In 1998, Olusola Saraki became a National Leader and member of the Board of Trustees of the All People’s Party (APP), contributing to the APP success in Kwara and Kogi States. He assisted Mohammed Alabi Lawal in becoming Governor of Kwara State (Wikipedia; daily trust. Mat 12, 2003. Retrieved 2009-12-06).

Later Saraki switched allegiance to the People’s Democratic Party (PDP), and in the 2003 elections supported his son Bukola Saraki as candidate for governor of Kwara state in April 2003, and his daughter Gbemisola R. Saraki as senator for Kwara State Central in April 2003.

In 2003 Bukola made his entry into the political scene and became the governor of Kwara state for two consecutive terms from 2003 to 2011. After which, he ran for a senatorial seat in 2011 and 2015 and he won by a landslide victory to eventually become the senate president of Nigeria.

In 2018 he declared his intention to run for presidency but lost the presidential ticket to Atiku Abubakar, the present PDP presidential candidate of 2019.

It would seem like the slogan which was adopted by the APC ‘o to ge’ which translates as ‘enough is enough’ really came to manifest during this election process for Saraki.

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