- Deputy governorship candidate of APC in Kwara state, Kayode Alabi, on Sunday, February 17, sought spiritual guidance over the forthcoming election
- The drama ensued when Alabi asked the congregation to read 'O to gee' from the Bible
- 'O to gee' which means enough is enough is the slogan of Kwara chapter of APC
There was a mild drama in Ilorin, Kwara state capital, on Sunday, February 17, when the deputy governorship candidate of All Progressives Congress (APC) in the state, Kayode Alabi, visited Christ Apostolic Church (CAC), Gaa Akanbi, to seek spiritual guidance.
Legit.ng reports that Alabi, who mounted the pulpit to read the Yoruba version of the Bible, asked the congregation to open to Deuteronomy 3:26 and Number 16:17, both of which contained “ó tó gé.”
Ó tó gé is the slogan of the APC in the state which literally means enough is enough.
It was gathered that one of the congregants read the verses of the scripture amidst thunderous applause from the church members.
The state government had, in 2018, written a letter to the Kwara state Signage Advertising Agency (KSSAA) to put a stop to the slogan because according to the state government it contained hate speech.
The APC, however, responded by saying that it was a mere campaign slogan containing no hate speech, stressing that it was meant to drum up support for the party in the state.
Alabi, while making reference to the scripture said, “ó tó gé” and left the pulpit without adding a word.
According to NAN, he explained that the slogan was born out of the myriad of problems confronting the state such as moribund industries, lack of pipe borne water and deplorable public schools, among others.
Alabi also visited different churches in Ilorin to solicit prayers ahead of the rescheduled elections.
On the side-lines of the visit to Churches, Alabi said that people of the state were more resolute to put a stop to the reign of dynasty and vote the government of the people as symbolised by the APC.
NAN reports that some of the churches visited include; First ECWA, the Redeemed Christian Church of God (RCCG), Christ Apostolic Church (CAC) and Cherubim and Seraphim Movement Church.
It was gathered that at the RCCG Mount of Joy Parish, region 4, Headquarters, Sabo Oke, Pastor Akintunde Abdullahi, called on the church members to support the APC candidate.
The pastor said: “This is our own, we must support him. I am not a politician but I love politics and I know we belong to different political parties, but he is our own.
“If I don’t support my pastor who else will I support: If any of you is interested in politics I will support you, the era of shying away from politics is over.''
For his part, Pastor Ilesanmi Samuel of CAC Worldwide decried the situation where politicians often sought God’s support when seeking elective positions but quickly forgot the vows they made after emerging victorious.
The cleric said that God was looking for trusted politicians who would change the face of politics in Kwara and Nigeria, noting that he had always had bitter experiences with politicians.
“Let it be known that God is raising you for the purpose of changing the face of Kwara politics because the people are suffering,’’ Samuel said.
Party stalwarts on the entourage of the APC deputy governorship candidate included Olabode Towoju, Alhaji Muhydeen Sanni, Barr Hassan Garuba, Yetunde Oriolowo and Prof. Babatunde Opabola, among others.
Meanwhile, Legit.ng had previously reported that a video surfaced where the Senate president, Bukola Saraki, urged the people of Kwara state to give 90% of their votes to President Muhammadu Buhari.
It was reported that the video was recorded in Ilorin on Thursday, February 14, the last day of electioneering campaign.
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