The Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, yesterday said that last Saturday, February 23, will be declared as Kwara Liberation Day immediately the new government comes to power in the state.
Mohammed disclosed this in Ilorin while addressing a press conference with stakeholders of the party in the state.
The minister who said that the presidential and National Assembly election was a clean sweep for the APC in the state said, “As you must be aware by now, the official results of last Saturday’s elections in Kwara have been announced.
“It is a clean sweep for our party, the All Progressives Congress. All three seats in the Senate and all six in the House of Representatives were won by our party.
“The match between our party and the PDP ended 10-0 (1 President, 3-0 Senatorial, 6-0 House of Reps). With the outcome of last Saturday’s elections, I can now conveniently say that Kwara is free; free from a choking and pauperising political hegemony of a self-imposed dynasty. Never again will Kwarans be treated like slaves in their own land. Enough is enough. O To Ge!” he emphasised.
The minister said, “I want to ask the incoming governor of our state to, immediately he is sworn in on 29 May 2019, to declare February 23 of every year as the Day of Liberation for Kwara State.”
Alhaji Mohammed noted that the victory of the APC in the election should go to the people of the state who resoundingly said no to the PDP last Saturday.
He recalled that the freedom of the state started on November 17, 2018 when the APC won the by-election for the Ekiti/Irepodun/Isin/Oke-Ero federal constituency, adding, “it was the beginning of the crumbling of the Berlin Wall of Kwara politics.”
“Today, the Berlin Wall of Kwara politics has fallen. The chain has been broken. The good people of Kwara have ensured that,” he said.
The minister noted that “the victory in Kwara was achieved in the sweetest way. The election was conducted in an atmosphere of peace and security. Not a single shot was fired throughout Kwara. No one snatched ballot box. It was an atmosphere of conviviality. It was a sharp departure from what used to be in the state. It confirms what we have been saying, that when there is adequate security, there will be a level playing ground for all the parties, and for all Kwarans.”