There is no doubt that some amount of sibling rivalry must have existed between the immediate-past 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, who 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, Oloye 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 controversiaproperty to ward off Gbemi’s alleged intrusion.
WESTERN POSP Politico will bring you more update as the saga unfolds.