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Dr. Olusola Bukola Saraki

Wrong Dr. Olusola Bukola Saraki?

Chairman

Kwara State
Kwara State Association of Nigeria
17620 International Blvd
Seattle , Washington 98188
United States

 
Background

Employment History

Board Memberships and Affiliations

  • Founder
    Societe Generale Bank of Nigeria
  • Member
    ACPN
  • Founding Member
    APP

Education

  • Cheltenham College , Cheltenham , London
  • Eko Boys High School
  • King's College , Lagos
  • University of London and St George's Hospital Medical School
  • University of London and St George's Hospital Medical School , London
  • Medicine
    University of London
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Commodore Lawal had fallen out with ...
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Commodore Lawal had fallen out with Olusola Saraki, and therefore, had to be shown the door with the active support and connivance of Obasanjo, Dr. Saraki was installed as the Governor of Kwara State.
By the time Bukola became Governor of Kwara State, he was the Vice Chairman of the defunct Societe Generale bank. While it may be a stretch to say that the bank collapsed under his stewardship, some argue that his family's influence on the bank at the turn of the new century marked the beginning of the end of the bank.
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Dr. Olusola Saraki, his wife, Florence, son, Bukola, and 9 other shareholders were dragged to the NDLEA on allegations of money laundering.
The legal action on Senate President ...
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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.
Saraki
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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
As things have now turned out, ...
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As things have now turned out, it seems everyone opposed to Saraki had underestimated the capacity for political subterfuge of this apparently worthy scion of the late undisputed godfather of Kwara State politics and leader of the Senate during the Second Republic, Dr Olusola Saraki.
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"The purported election of Senator Saraki and Dogara as Senate President and Speaker respectively", fumed Mr Joe Igbokwe recently, "is a clear transgression of both the tenets of democracy and party politics.
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Igbokwe is a spokesman of the Lagos State chapter of the APC and his anger merely echoed that of his boss, Tinubu, who had said he would not even recognize Saraki as Senate president, a sentiment re-echoed by Gemade when he told reporters after Saraki's election that "This process which remains unconstitutional cannot confer legitimacy on the elected Senate president."
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As the Senior Special Assistant on Media and Publicity to the president, Malam Garba Shehu, said on Channels Television during one of its flagship programmes, Sunrise Daily on June 10, there was no doubt that Saraki employed underhand means to achieve his ambition. In what was clearly a grand conspiracy in cahoots with the PDP Senate caucus, he and his group in the Senate ignored the president's invitation for a meeting to reconcile the APC federal legislators an hour ahead of its inauguration at 10 am on June 9 and got himself nominated unopposed and elected by 57 senators, mostly PDP, while the other group numbering 51 waited for the meeting with the president at a different venue. Apparently he feared, admittedly with some justification, that the meeting would be used to make him submit to the outcome of the party's straw poll the day before in which Lawal emerged as the party's choice.
In the face of this political sleight of hand by Saraki, it is understandable that many an APC chieftain have been calling for him to be disciplined. The extremely angry ones have even called for his sack.
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On his part, Saraki should know that there is widespread public perception that as governor of Kwara State and subsequently as one of its three senators he seemed to have served himself more than he had served society, as is apparent from how little his state has made any progress under him. Much of the public's concern about his emergence as Senate president stems from this perception. He should know that the public will be on the watch out to see if he will cooperate with the new president in enacting laws and making pro-people policies or, as was the case under PDP, they'll watch to see whether he will preside over a Senate that is anti-people.
In 1979, Dr. Olusola Saraki, ...
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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.
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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.
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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.
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Olusola Saraki, his wife Florence, son Bukola and daughter Gbemisola and other shareholders were accused of money laundering.
As things have now turned out, ...
www.gamji.com [cached]
As things have now turned out, it seems everyone opposed to Saraki had underestimated the capacity for political subterfuge of this apparently worthy scion of the late undisputed godfather of Kwara State politics and leader of the Senate during the Second Republic, Dr Olusola Saraki.
...
"The purported election of Senator Saraki and Dogara as Senate President and Speaker respectively", fumed Mr Joe Igbokwe recently, "is a clear transgression of both the tenets of democracy and party politics.
...
Igbokwe is a spokesman of the Lagos State chapter of the APC and his anger merely echoed that of his boss, Tinubu, who had said he would not even recognize Saraki as Senate president, a sentiment re-echoed by Gemade when he told reporters after Saraki's election that "This process which remains unconstitutional cannot confer legitimacy on the elected Senate president."
...
As the Senior Special Assistant on Media and Publicity to the president, Malam Garba Shehu, said on Channels Television during one of its flagship programmes, Sunrise Daily on June 10, there was no doubt that Saraki employed underhand means to achieve his ambition. In what was clearly a grand conspiracy in cahoots with the PDP Senate caucus, he and his group in the Senate ignored the president's invitation for a meeting to reconcile the APC federal legislators an hour ahead of its inauguration at 10 am on June 9 and got himself nominated unopposed and elected by 57 senators, mostly PDP, while the other group numbering 51 waited for the meeting with the president at a different venue. Apparently he feared, admittedly with some justification, that the meeting would be used to make him submit to the outcome of the party's straw poll the day before in which Lawal emerged as the party's choice.
In the face of this political sleight of hand by Saraki, it is understandable that many an APC chieftain have been calling for him to be disciplined. The extremely angry ones have even called for his sack.
...
On his part, Saraki should know that there is widespread public perception that as governor of Kwara State and subsequently as one of its three senators he seemed to have served himself more than he had served society, as is apparent from how little his state has made any progress under him. Much of the public's concern about his emergence as Senate president stems from this perception. He should know that the public will be on the watch out to see if he will cooperate with the new president in enacting laws and making pro-people policies or, as was the case under PDP, they'll watch to see whether he will preside over a Senate that is anti-people.
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