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Senate President Bukola Saraki lost his re-election campaign in the state of Kwara on Saturday.
Mr. Saraki's party, PDP, also lost the presidential and federal seats in Kwara.
It was the first time since 2003 that Mr. Saraki lost elections in the state. The phrase "o to ge", which means "it is enough", became popular by the inhabitants of Kwara who wanted Mr. Saraki's exit.
PREMIUM TIMES brings you some of the arrowheads of the movement.
1. Ibrahim Labaeka
Although there are conflicting accounts of how the O to ge mantra was born in Kwara, the dominant narrative is that it was coined by the Islamic gospel artist Ibrahim Labaeka. Mr. Labaeka, a member of the Islamic Association of Musicians of Nigeria (ISMAN), also confirmed this in several amateur clips on Youtube as well as in a social networking site, Facebook, in the heat of the campaign.
Mr. Labaeka is a respected voice in the music industry of Kwara and is one of Ilorin's most influential artists. He has often lent his voice to discussions about Kwara politics by supporting the late Olusola Saraki and Governor Muhammed Lawal at various times in the past with his music. When the Senate president was reportedly attacked at the Ilorin Eid campus in 2015, he was also recruited to appeal to the people, and in fact published a song in which he called on the Ilorin people to protect Saraki, whom he referred to as "Ilorin's Shield".
In the run-up to the 2019 election, Mr. Labaeka claimed he was "cheated" by millions of Naira members of Senate President Bukola Saraki's camp, even though he had worked for them in the past. Afterwards he claimed that he would expose them as "fraudulent hypocrites" who do not comply with basic contract terms and fight against them.
In a city with deep religious sensitivity, it was easy for him to turn to the emotions of the people and thus to the potency of the "O to Ge" mantras.
2. Lai Mohammed
While Mr. Labaeka provided the artistic inspiration for the birth of "O to ge," the Nigerian Minister of Information and Culture, Lai Mohammed, formed the political shield. Muhammad was seen as the embodiment of "federal power" in the state of Kwara and successfully brought the party members to the cause despite lengthy legal disputes that almost destroyed the party's plan.
Mr. Mohammed himself has often identified with the "progressive" camp in Kwara politics, which is firmly rooted in the southern district. He competed in the 2003 state election on the Alliance for Democracy platform, but lost to Mr. Saraki of the PDP.
Not surprisingly, Mr. Mohammed swept the elections in his hometown Oro on Saturday and won his local government in Irepodun for President Muhammadu Buhari.
3. AbdulRazaq AbdulRahaman
APC governor AbdulRazaq AbdulRahman remains a rally force in the O to Ge movement in Kwara state. He is an oil magnate with a deep pocket and is CEO of First Fuels Limited.
He is also a son of the first lawyer in northern Nigeria, AbdulGaniyu Folorunso (AGF) Abdulrazaq, who is considered one of the most influential senior statesmen of Ilorin. The old man is said to have popularized the idea that Mr. Saraki's father Olusola came from Abeokuta.
On two occasions, in 2011 and 2015, Mr. AbdulRazaq opposed the headquarters of the central Senatorial district of Kwara. But he lost to Senate President Bukola Saraki. In the run-up to the 2019 election, he moved from the PDP to the APC and expressed interest in the seat of government.
Insiders told PREMIUM TIMES that AbdulRazaq was selected ahead of other candidates in the party, especially Oba Abdulraheem, for failing to join the Saraki family. Contrary to other competitors, the sources said, the party leaders chose Mr. AbdulRazaq for fear that the "O to Ge" mantra might be problematic if its main candidate did not have a clear ideological separation from the Saraki clan. Being a son of one of Ilorin's most respected elders and the lowest-pocketed candidate was only a plus.
4. Ibrahim Oloriegbe
In the elections on Saturday Ibrahim Oloriegbe won the Senate of the Senate of Kwara Senators. He is a medical student at Ahmadu Bello University Zaria and has decades of experience as a physician and politician in both the private and public sectors
Mr. Oloriegbe, a former Majority Leader in the Kwara State House of Assembly between 1999 and 2003, fought for the Kwara Senatorial Senate on the late ACN's platform in 2011, but lost to the Appellate Court Mr. Saraki. Since then he has been a major opposition figure in Ilorin and has repeatedly promised to withdraw Mr. Saraki from active politics.
5. Moshood Mustapha
Known as MM, Moshood Mustapha was once special advisor for inter-parliamentary affairs, protocol and special tasks of Senate President Bukola Saraki. Mr Mustapha has been an ally of Mr Saraki since 2002 and served as Commissioner until 2005. As a former member of the House of Representatives, Mr. Mustapha spoke to Mr. Saraki about what party insiders at the time described as party internal affairs. Therefore, in 2015, he was denied the ticket to return to the National Assembly, even though he was one of those who moved into the APC with Mr. Saraki.
He was one of the first governor candidates in the APC who declared his ambition. When he lost in the primaries, many said he would get out but did not.
6. Lukman Mustapha
Lukman Mustapha is the chairman of Sobi FM, one of the most influential media platforms that dictated the pendulum of the "to-do" movement. Mr. Mustapha is a brother of Moshood Mustapha, a former adviser to Mr. Saraki. Shortly after assuming the structure of Kwara PDP, Mr. Saraki transferred to the APC and denied the governorship, but lost to Mr. AbdulRazaq. Since then, he has supported the "O to ge" movement in Kwara, especially with its influence on the media.
7. Yahaya Seriki
Yahaya Seriki, a philanthropist and major Ilorin politician, was one of the first members of APC to declare his ambition. In the primaries, however, he lost to Mr AbdulRazaq. He was accused of having worked for Mr. Saraki in the APC despite denying the allegations. He added that he would not trade his loyalty to the party, and also revealed that he was lured into the PDP with a promise to appoint Mr Saraki, but he refused.
Later, he was appointed general director of the APC campaign in the Kwara Central district and actually delivered to the party.
8. Yinka Aluko
Yinka Aluko is the former security officer of Mr. Saraki during his tenure as governor of the state of Kwara. Mr. Aluko left his former boss ahead of the 2015 parliamentary elections and became vice-candidate of former PDP candidate Simeon Ajibola. He was a member of the PDP National Executive Council until he moved to the APC in 2018. He denied the primaries of the party, but lost. However, he remained a strong pillar of the O to Ge movement, especially in the heart of Ilorin.
9. Cook Olododo
Abdulganiyu Cook Olododo was born on 25 December 1960, the son of the Cook family in Amode Compound, Okelele, in the Ibagun community Ilorin East. Mr. Olododo has been a strong ally of Mr. Saraki in the past, serving as Chief of Staff and Secretary of the Government of Kwara at various times. He is one of the strongest pillars of the "O to Ge" revolt in Ilorin, which is widely used in the knowledge of the Saraki campaign games.
On Saturday, he joined as a Reps member for Ilorin South / Ilorin East in the election, by 56,496 votes for the victory against Ayinde Mohammed received by the PDP with 27,737 votes.
10. Oba Abdulraheem
Oba Abdulraheem was once Vice Chancellor of the University of Ilorin. He is known as Talba of Ilorin. Abdulraheem is widely respected and loved in Ilorin, and is especially revered for the opportunities he opened up to many when he served on the Federal Character Commission. He is largely regarded as part of the larger political family of Saraki, but fell out shortly after the death of the late Olusola Saraki with Mr. Saraki. He fought for the governorship card in the PDP during the 2015 elections, but lost to Simeon Ajibola.
He entered the APC and also denied the Governor's ticket. Insiders told PREMIUM TIMES that Abdulraheem was said to have won the primaries of APC governors. Party officials fear, however, that his association with the Saraki clan would affect the party's fortune in the state. "
Although rumored to have worked for the PDP, he has now exposed the rumor and reaffirmed his commitment to the APC.
11. Iyiola Oyedepo
The most consistent opponent of Senate President Bukola Saraki in the politics of Kwara is Iyiola Oyedepo. Mr. Oyedepo has ensured that the reign of Mr. Saraki and thus the government of Kwara have been brought under control. He also remained politically far from Mr Saraki and moved into the PDP or APC, as the Senate President also got in and out.
Mr. Oyedepo joined the APC as chairman of the state's PDP when Saraki returned to the PDP last year. Earlier in 2014, when Mr. Saraki left the PDP for the APC, he resigned from the party.
For about five years, he has been considered the brain behind a radio broadcast on Harmony FM, "PDP Gbode," which set in motion the opposition to the Saraki dynasty and the state government, critically assessing government policy and criticizing government policy misdeeds and alleged corruption ,
12. AbdulYekeen Alajagusi
Alajagusi was a member of the PDP until last year. Later he would join the APC with other members and win a ticket to a House of Representatives in Ilorin. He was one of the politicians relied on by the APC to weaken the influence of the PDP in the local government of Asa, which is considered the stronghold of Mr. Saraki.
He won the House of Representatives' seat for Ilorin West / Asa with 68,585 votes to defeat Abdulrasaq Lawal of the PDP, who received 42,068 votes.
13. Offa / Kwara Southern people
Although it has been said that the "O to ge" uprising in Ilorin is contagious, it also has solid roots in Offa and other parts of Kwara South. The region is already considered the home of the opposition in Kwara politics.
The uprising that led to the fall of Mr. Saraki on Saturday is said to have roots in Offa and other parts of Kwara South, starting with the election campaign Ekiti / Irepodun / Isin / Oke-Ero, which APC 2018 has won. Saraki sentiment in the city, however, was reinforced by the April 2018 Offa Robbery debacle.
14. Kwara North Youth
Although there is very little evidence in Kwara North that the fans were mouthing the "O to Ge" mantra on their streets, they voiced their voices louder than all regions on Saturday. The lower vocals of "O to ge" in the region, according to PREMIUM TIMES, could be due to linguistic concerns as the region does not boast of a huge Yoruba population like the south and the center of Kwara. However, voices from the region spoke louder than the road race, as APC's margin of victory was much more significant than in the other two regions.
PREMIUM TIMES recognizes that the youth in the region were at the forefront of the campaign, even after the local leaders of the Saraki dynasty promised their allegiance.
15. Non-partisan dealers, taxi drivers and teenagers
Above all, the "O to ge" campaign was intended to appeal to the impartial electorate, mainly because of its "revolutionary" tone, and many of them aroused the mood. In Ilorin and other parts of the state, the mantra was so contagious that the inhabitants formulated it in various forms. Motorcyclists and taxi drivers generally used the horn of their cars and motorbikes to create the noise in the city center. Apart from Party members, many of them were impartial.
The answer from PDP & # 39; O do ya & # 39; has reduced the effectiveness of the mantra little. Perhaps because of its acceptance and effectiveness, it was even adopted by an anti-Tinubu group in Lagos with the slogan "O to ge Lagos".
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