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FOR BUKOLA, GBEMI SARAKI, IT’S FIGHT-TO-THE-FINISH

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There is no doubt that some

amount of sibling rivalry must

exist between the immediatepast

governor of Kwara State,

Senator Bukola Saraki, and his blood

sister, Senator Gbemi Rukayat Saraki

This is going by the intense animosity

between them at present. It is no news

that the grapes have since gone sour

between them politically dating back

to the 2011 governorship election when

Senator Bukola was the major factor,

the godfather, that helped in the emergence

of the incumbent governor, Alhaji

Abdulfatah Ahmed. Bukola refused to

bulge to support his sister and yield the

PDP ticket to her despite the pleadings

of their late father, Senator Olusola Saraki.

Then, Gbemi was forced to contest

against Gov. Ahmed under the umbrella

of Allied Congress Party of Nigeria

(ACPN) hurriedly coupled together by

the late patriarch of the Saraki family.

Those who thought the matter had ended there and that the two siblings

have buried their differences are mistaken.

Penultimate week, the dichotomy

between the two again reared its

ugly head, this time more ferocious.

Senator Gbemi returned to the Peoples

Democratic Party, just as her brother

stepped out of the PDP umbrella to

pitch his tent with the rival All Progressives

Congress (APC). Gbemi is now being

seen as one of the potential leaders

of PDP in the state and sources say she

may soon be named a minister from

the state, where his brother is the indefatigable

political leader, though now in

APC. Both APC and PDP will slug it out

in the state in the 2015 election.

But again, if you think their differences

are only on the political front, you

will be mistaken also. Sources who exposed

the holes within the Saraki family

say the duo have also been at daggers

drawn over their late father’s estate.

Dr. Olusola Saraki, Second Republic

Senate Leader and late ‘garrison commander’

of Kwara politics passed on in

November 2012. It was said that last

month Gbemi was at their late father’s

office built on about five plots of land at

Olorunsogo-Geri Alimi area in Ilorin,

the Kwara State capital. Late Dr. Saraki

used the big building as his secretariat

for his political activities.

Sources said Gbemi, who is yet to

dump her governorship ambition, was

seen at the vacant property taking inventory,

hoping that she would turn it

into her own campaign office. About

one kilometre to the controversial

building, lays Bukola’s campaign office

called The Mandate House.

It was gathered that Gbemi’s visit was

immediately communicated to Bukola

through one of the squatters in the

building simply identified as Alhaja. Alhaja

was an office assistant in the office

when the Senior Saraki was alive. That

information allegedly got the former

governor angry. It was said that the current

leader of Kwara politics mobilised

men of Nigeria Security & Civil Defence

Corps and vigilante group to the controversial

property to ward off Gbemi’s

alleged intrusion. Politico will bring

you more update as the saga unfolds.