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Bukola Saraki’s Dangling Political Future


This is certainly not the best of time for Senator Bukola Abubakar Saraki, the immediate past governor of Kwara state and the senator representing Kwara Central Senatorial district in the upper legislative chamber of the National Assembly. The medical doctor turned politician is perhaps figthing the political battle of his life. He has one trouble too many. He has to contend on how to save and protect his seat in the senate having dumped Peoples Democratic Party, (PDP), the party that sponsored him to the senate for All Progressive Congress, (APC) with 10 others, no thanks to section 68 sub-section (1g) of the 1999 constitution as amended and the new electoral laws, which says once you decamp from the party that brought you to national assembly, you will automatically lose your seat. The once strong man of Kwara politics is not having a safe haven at home either. Rather than fortifying his attack and lunch salvos at his political enemies, Gbemisola Rukayat Saraki,(GRS),  is exposing her blood brother to more danger politically. The former gubernatorial candidate in 2011 general elections in Kwara state and former senator of the Federal Republic has taken over the remaining PDP structure following the massive defection of a faction of the party led by her brother to APC. With the support of her faithful, she has taken over the structure and leadership of the PDP in Kwara state. According to Aliyu Ibrahim, one of the leaders of an affiliate group of GRS, said, “with the exit of a faction of PDP, other party leaders in the state have all agreed to work together. It’s therefore necessary that we consolidate on structure towards achieving a unity of purpose”.

Dele Belgore, former gubernatorial candidate in the state under the banner of Action Congress of Nigeria, (CAN), and his supporters has also left his new party All Progressive Congress, APC, to join forces with GRS to further strengthen the PDP. According to one of his aides, also both GRS and Belgore decided to bury their differences so that they will team up to turn Senator Bukola Saraki to a lame dog politically”.

Observers of happenings at the National Assembly explained that if not for the ingenuity of Senator David Mark, the senate president, Saraki and his other 10 decampess would have lost their seats in the senate last week. His political sagacity came to bear when he cleverly ruled Enang out of order and hinged his decision on the fact that the case of the 11 senators was already in court, he said “you were in this chamber yesterday  and I did explained that the matter is in court of competent jurisdiction. We all agreed that no reference should be made in a matter before a court of law. My ruling is that, I am not going to be different because it’s a constitutional matter”. A source in the senate however claimed that the leadership of PDP was happy with Mark’s ruling because the decampees are now in a tight corner or otherwise do the bidding of their former party. One of the aides to Mark said both his boss and the affected senators have been holding series of meetings in order for them to have a soft landing. Before Mark’s ruling the red chamber had become rowdy, thinking that the senate president would support his colleagues in PDP. However, the game is still on. Political analysts say Saraki may eventually become politically irrelevant if the court rule against them. A source in the know said, “Saraki may lose out on both sides, if he chooses to remain in APC he will lose his seat in the senate and if he eventually comes back to PDP, his followers may dump him on account of inconsistency, while GRS and Belgore would have consolidated their grip on the party thus making him to be struggling from the rear.

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