Bye-Election: Kwara APC Victory, a Confidence Vote for Party's Leader
The decisive victory of the All Progressives Congress (APC) candidate in the Kwara State House of Assembly elections in Saturday elections in Oke Ero constituency, Mrs. Victoria Bunmi Afolayan, has been attributed to the popularity of the state's political leader, Senate President, Abubakar Bukola Saraki.
According to the results announced by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), the APC candidate secured 5,346 votes against the 1,248 won by Olusola Adeoti of the People's Democratic Party (PDP).
The ruling party also won in 68 of the 69 polling units which make the ten wards in the local government area. In a statement after the official announcement of the results of the election, Hon. Toyin Sanusi, Senior Special Assistant (Political Affairs) to the Senate President said the victory was a vote of confidence on the leadership of Saraki. Sanusi who expressed appreciation to the electorate in Oke Ero for trooping out to support the APC candidate in the election despite the situation across the country and in the party said the victory was an indication that Kwara State remain solid in its support for the party leader, Saraki.
"Despite the general economic situation in the country, the fact that the state government lacks the financial capacity to fully pursue its policies and programmes as well as fulfil its responsibilities to the people, in spite of the development within the APC at the national level, the people have proved that they are still in support of the party leader.
This is also in spite of the on-going trial of the leader, Dr. Saraki "That is why we thank the people for their consistency, devotion and loyalty. With their votes, they have signified their constant support that Kwara is solidly behind Saraki and that inspite of the fact that some people thought they could capitalise on the travails of the Senate President to erode the influence of the party in the state" , Sanusi said.
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