According to former sports minister Bolaji Abdullahi, the general elections in 2023 could be an opportunity to change the way that Kwarans perceive the ability of government to bring about genuine democratic advantages.
Bolaji said, “The greatest challenge our government will face in 2023 is how to regain the trust and confidence of the people who have concluded based on their experience that all politicians are the same. This is because of the ‘Otogo’ revolution that swept the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, out of power in 2019 in Kwara State, along with the APC’s inability to keep campaign promises.
He stated that “the political elite will need to recommit to serving the public; we need to disprove the people by acting in their best interests.
This will necessitate an entirely new way of thinking about the function of politics and how it might be used to advance the common good, he continued.
“Otoge” will continue to have an impact on the public’s psychology and political behavior for a very long time to come, according to Bolaji, the PDP candidate for Kwara Central Senatorial District in the general elections of next year.
The former Minister bemoaned that “people no longer believe in politicians” when speaking on “Leadership and Character” at a PDP event named “Kwara Talk Show: Yesterday, Today, and Tomorrow, our dream of Kwara” in Ilorin in preparation for next year’s general elections.
“The cruel way that ‘Otoge’ took advantage of the people’s emotions in Kwara State in 2019 lifted the hopes of the people very high but achieved little or nothing,” the author writes.
Therefore, Bolaji, a former education commissioner for Kwara State, claimed, “it will be impossible to mobilize the people for any common cause in the future.”
So it should come as no surprise that the voting public has developed a jaded attitude toward politics and the government.
Former Kwara Internal Revenue Service, KWIRS, Chairman Mr. Murtala Awodun claimed in his speech that the state was in reverse under the current APC administration.