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Dr. Olusola Bukola Saraki

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  • Eko Boys High School
  • University of London and St George's Hospital Medical School
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The much reported ambition of the ..., 9 Dec 2010 [cached]
The much reported ambition of the highly prized Second Republic Senator, Dr Olusola Saraki, to have a hand in who becomes the next governor of the state is gradually materialising.
Saraki, who is also the Chairman of the Northern Union, is believed to have already anointed his daughter and a serving Senator, Gbemisola, to take over from his son and present governor of the state, Bukola, in 2011.
Senator Gemisola Saraki remains the only credible, worthy and acceptable choice."
Saraki, it will be recalled, had repeatedly said that it was too early to begin to discuss elections when he still had some time to go, adding that the political cohesion in the state did not warrant the usual noise making experienced in other states.
The legal action on Senate President ..., 30 Dec 2015 [cached]
The legal action on Senate President Bukola Saraki by the Code of Conduct Tribunal (CCT) is an ego war between him and a bigwig of the All Progressives Congress (APC) Bola Tinubu, with 2019 election year promising to be the compelling factor.
Tinubu The trial of Senator Saraki by CCT over alleged false declaration of assets has generated heated debate within the polity as the vendetta has attracted media attention and dominated the political space.
Exceptional columnist of Daily Trust, Abdullateef Aliyu, in this piece titled: 'Between Saraki, Tinubu: Who laughs last?' unveils the Fons et origo of the war between Saraki and Tinubu, also the underlining political shenanigans against the Senate President within the APC caucus and the purported clandestine plot by some aggrieved members to oust him.
Here is an excerpt from Daily Trust below:
Since June 9, 2015 when Saraki emerged as the Senate president against the preferred choice of the party, Senator Ahmed Lawan from Yobe State, there has been no love lost between Saraki and the senators who are opposed to his emergence. Since June 9, 2015 when Saraki emerged as the Senate president against the preferred choice of the party, Senator Ahmed Lawan from Yobe State, there has been no love lost between Saraki and the senators who are opposed to his emergence.
While people still gathered at the ICC purportedly awaiting the arrival of President Mohammadu Buhari to mediate on the raging crisis, other senators, mostly of the opposition Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and few of the APC Senators, acting on Buhari's letter proclaiming the inauguration of the 8th Assembly, unanimously elected Saraki as the Senate President while Ike Ekweremadu of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) was elected Deputy Senate President.
While parties in the crisis within the APC family moved to douse tension generated by Saraki's emergence, the APC national leader did not hide his repudiation of Saraki's Senate Presidency following his inability to recognize him (Saraki) as the Senate President.
Our correspondent reliably gathered that Tinubu has vowed not to recognize Saraki and has resolved to ensure his ouster from that seat. This has therefore fuelled speculations that Tinubu and other APC leaders opposed to Saraki are behind his ordeal and would stop at nothing other than his removal because Tinubu felt slighted and humiliated that Saraki could emerge as the Senate president despite his opposition.
In any case, the cold war between Tinubu and Saraki is expected with the defection of Saraki and former chieftains of PDP, including five governors to the APC. The Saraki's case was particularly peculiar given the peculiarity of Kwara politics and the persistent dominance of the Saraki dynasty. Having inherited the dynasty from his father, late Dr.
Olusola Saraki, Bukola has taken over the leadership of the dynasty and has been able to hold the dynasty together against any external onslaught. While Lagos is to Tinubu, Kwara is to Saraki without mincing words. The two, according to observers, exist as the feudal lords of their respective territories independent of each other, working in isolation and asserting each other's superiority.
In 2011 election under the defunct Action Congress of Nigeria (ACN), Tinubu sponsored Mr. Dele Belgore, the then governorship candidate of the party in Kwara State to defeat the ruling leadership but the party (ACN) failed in its bid to dislodge Saraki despite the massive mobilization and intimidating campaign rallies Tinubu held in the state. By the 2015 election, much water had passed under the bridge and a lot of changes had taken place in the political landscape to effect the much hyped change in the polity; one that would see to the ouster of the PDP government which had held sway for 16 years.
However, one distinct characteristic of the change was the alignment of interests and forces with Saraki and five other governors and chieftains of PDP dumping the party for the coalition APC.
This alignment of forces has therefore engendered the union of politicians believed to have different orientations and understanding of politics. It was a marriage of cats and mice and in the case of Saraki and Tinubu, it was tagged aptly by analysts and pundits as a marriage of inconvenience.
Saraki at the outset did not hide his interest in the Senate Presidency. Tinubu on the other side also did not hide his aversion for Saraki's ambition, with calculations largely driven by prospects of the 2019 year. The argument within Tinubu's camp was that Saraki would use the office to water the ground for his presidential ambition in 2019. This therefore fuelled the battle for the National Assembly leadership positions which further heated the polity after the election.
But Saraki forged an alliance with the PDP senators to eventually emerge as the Senate President having realized that the party was averse to his becoming the number three citizen of the country.
Saraki who appeared before the CCT over a 13-count charge of false declaration of assets when he became the governor of Kwara State in 2003, said he is currently facing trial because he is the Senate president even as he declared that he is not guilty of all the charges levelled against him. Tinubu who was also asked to comment on Saraki's trial during the last Eid-el-Kabir festival was evasive in his response, saying it is part of the nation's development even as he said he had also been through the same ordeal, referring to his own trial in 2009 by the same CCT. Referring to Saraki's trial, he said, "We cannot overlook a lot of things and we cannot personalize a lot of things as if it is vendetta. We have to endure and be patient as we look for justice, equity and a balanced society."
Though the CCT has adjourned Saraki's trial to October 22 and 23, there were calls over the weekend in some quarters that Saraki should throw in the towel over his on-going trial. This has fuelled tension of an impending stormy session as the Senate was set to reconvene from its long recess. However, the tension was calmed as over 83 Senators passed a vote of confidence on Saraki and other leaders of the National Assembly while other senators belonging to the Senate Unity Forum led by Chief Barnabas Gemade remain defiant.
For Saraki, the latest confidence vote was a great relief; one that has boosted his confidence of enjoying majority support to continue to steer the ship of the upper legislative arm, while for the Tinubu camp, it has reportedly been seen as a setback in its determination to unseat the Senate president.
Our correspondent reports that the ego war between Tinubu and Saraki has been the trending issue across the country. In the commercial city of Lagos where Tinubu is in control, there are discordant tunes by Lagosians. While some back their godfather, Tinubu, others queue behind Saraki and call the bluff of the APC leader. But in the aggregate, those who spoke to our correspondent were of the view that Tinubu has the wherewithal to make things happen in the present dispensation. But can he succeed in removing Saraki?
A strong supporter of Saraki in Ilorin, Alhaji Sulyman Kayode Yusuf insisted that Tinubu and other aggrieved APC leaders cannot remove Saraki since they couldn't stop his emergence in the first instance. A strong supporter of Saraki in Ilorin, Alhaji Sulyman Kayode Yusuf insisted that Tinubu and other aggrieved APC leaders cannot remove Saraki since they couldn't stop his emergence in the first instance.
Yusuf who spoke with our correspondent noted that the emergence of Saraki as the Senate president was an act of God and the same Almighty would undo the conspiracy of anyone working to oust him.
As the crisis persists, analysts stress the need for the APC to resolve its internal wrangling and work towards stabilizing the polity because removing Saraki may pave the way for the emergence of a PDP Senate president and make the party a loser in the end.
In 1979, Dr. Olusola Saraki, ..., 28 July 2015 [cached]
In 1979, Dr. Olusola Saraki, father of Senator Bukola Saraki, was elected Senator in the Second Republic and became Senate leader. In 1983, he was re-elected into the Senate on National Party of Nigeria (NPN) platform. In the 1980s, Olusola Saraki founded Societe Generale Bank of Nigeria (SGBN) an offshoot of the Societe Generale Bank of France. Based on 2013 data, SGB is France's third largest bank by total assets and the sixth largest in Europe. Founded in 1864, SGB France is one of the oldest banks in France.
Once his political tentacles were firmly entrenched in Kwara and in the Senate, Olusola Saraki wasted no time to launch the Saraki family corruption dynasty. As the powerful and influential national vice-chairman and Kwara State chairman of NPN, he became the kingmaker in Kwara politics and decide who gets what.
Olusola Saraki and other directors of SGBN crippled SGBN. Nuhu Ribadu, former EFCC chairman and his team were to launch an investigation and arraign Saraki and nine others - Robert Mbonu, Hafiz Bakare, Toyin Idowu, G.A. Oyenola, Yinka Fagbemi, Kennedy Izuagbe, Dele Iluyomade, Noah Olopoenia, and Lana Haastrup as accused persons.
The trial of Olusola Saraki and other accomplices would have commenced pending the expiration of his son's term as governor, but because Bukola Saraki was a member of President Umaru Yar'Adua's kitchen cabinet, the suit got buried and Ribadu was disgraced and forced out of EFCC.
Olusola Saraki, his wife Florence, son Bukola and daughter Gbemisola and other shareholders were accused of money laundering.
It was believed that comments credited ... [cached]
It was believed that comments credited to the Chairman of the Northern Union, Dr. Olusola Saraki, that the North would be in power till 2015 was meant to fly a kite that Jonathan would not be accepted by the North as president in case Yar'Adua could not continue.
Saraki, Second Republic Senate Leader and a strong Northern voice, was quoted twice as saying that the North would hold on to power until 2015 based on the PDP zoning arrangement.
Saraki is, however, said to be weighing his options about whether to support the scheming to have Yar'Adua leave the Presidency or not.
Igbomina Parapo disagrees with the opinion expressed in THE PUNCH edition of November 10, by the Second Republic Majority Senate Leader, Dr. Olusola Saraki, on the constitution review.
Our disagreement is premised on the ground that a bill for constitution review can be initiated by any Nigerian and it is not necessarily the responsibility of the Executive to initiate such reform.
The constitution reform bill is not for the benefit of the Executive alone; hence, any Nigerian, whether or not in the Legislature, can initiate such a bill.
Be that as it may, the big question is, does Dr. Saraki believe in the Constitution? Looking at his antecedents, it is evident that he believes in dynasty style of ruling.
Dr. Saraki does not belong to any political party in Nigeria, having left the All Nigeria Peoples Party. What is obvious from his statement is that he wants to determine who will be the next governor of Kwara State.
Vanguard - Cover Stories : Vice presidency: South east or South-south, 17 Dec 2006 [cached]
The North countered in Alhaji Olusola Saraki, who led the Northern Union.They pressed for the restoration of North/South shift of power arrangement.Saraki, led his group round the country in particular to the South to urge them to support power shift to the North.Raimi demurred by leading his group to speak to party leaders across the board to embrace their message of powershift to the South, in recognition that since it was not a Constitutional matter, the parties had to come on board for their clamour to be successful.
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