The All Progressives Congress (APC) has said that Kwara politics has taken a new direction through the people`s votes as witnessed in the Nov. 17 House of Representatives’ bye-election in the state.
Malam Lanre Onilu, the APC National Publicity Secretary, said this in a statement on Friday in Abuja.
The statement was in reaction to the decision by the Senate to investigate the circumstances that led to the loss of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in the election.
“While the APC condemns this curious Senate investigation of the bye-election which took place in the home state of the Senate President, Dr Bukola Saraki, we also find it curious that other bye-elections conducted in Katsina and Bauchi States have not received similar attention from the Senate.
“It is clear that the sweet victory by the APC House of Representatives candidate, Alhaji Raheem Olawuyi-Ajuloopin, in the bye-election has hit the overrated federal lawmakers from Kwara State badly,“ Onilu said
He added that the PDP was not pretending to have learnt any lessons from its past anti-democratic practices.
“The usurpers occupying the Senate leadership seat have no altruistic intentions other than to manipulate state institutions to pursue personal interest and massage battered ego.”
The APC spokesman wondered when it had become the responsibility of the legislative arm of government to constitute itself into an election tribunal.
He added that the Senate should understand that, like the rest of the country, the people of Kwara had seen enough of impunity and misrule represented by the self-serving leaders of the PDP.
He stressed that turning the Senate into an electoral tribunal only showed Nigerians that the PDP had not changed from its odious practice of compromising the system to promote illusionary ambitions.
Onilu, however, advised the leaders of PDP in Kwara and elsewhere in the country to get used to losing elections.
He added that the Nigerian electorate had tasted the benefits of good governance in the last three and half years of President Muhammadu Buhari-led APC government and would not go back to the PDP’s 16 years of waste and misrule.
“Elections have been won and lost. A new and progressive Kwara State beckons, through their votes, the Kwara electorate have spoken clearly on the new political direction in the state.
“Kwara State has suffered enough of the selfish machinations of a self-appointed leader.
”The will and wishes of the good people of the state must prevail now, in the 2019 elections and beyond, Onilu said.