Former Senate leader; Olusola Saraki is dead Reviewed by Momizat on . The former Senate leader in the second republic, Dr. Olusola Saraki is dead. He passed away early this morning in Lagos, after a prolonged illness. The late str The former Senate leader in the second republic, Dr. Olusola Saraki is dead. He passed away early this morning in Lagos, after a prolonged illness. The late str Rating:
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Former Senate leader; Olusola Saraki is dead

The former Senate leader in the second republic, Dr. Olusola Saraki is dead.

He passed away early this morning in Lagos, after a prolonged illness.

The late strongman of Kwara politics has been battling with an undisclosed ailment for months and has been seeking treatment abroad.

Dr Saraki became a Senator of the Nigerian Second Republic (1979-1983).

The late politician fondly called ‘Oloye’ was the Waziri of the Ilorin Emirate.

Born 17th of May, 1933 at Ilorin, Kwara State, he attended Eko Boys High School for his secondary education and proceeded to London for his university education, attending the University of London and St George’s Hospital Medical School, after which he returned to Nigeria to work as a medical officer at the General Hospital, Lagos and the Creek Hospital, Lagos.

He veered into politics in 1964, when he ran as an independent candidate in the parliamentary election for Ilorin, but didn’t succeed and after the election, he returned to his medical practice in Lagos.

In 1977, Olusola Saraki was elected as a member of the constituent assembly that produced the 1979 constitution and he was elected a Senator of the Second Republic, in 1979 and became the Senate Leader.

He was re-elected to the Senate in 1983 on the platform of the National Party of Nigeria (NPN).

In 1998, Dr Saraki became the National Leader and member of the Board of Trustees of the All People’s Party (APP), contributing to the APP success in Kwara and Kogi States.

He assisted Mohammed Alabi Lawal in becoming Governor of Kwara State.

In 2001, he was head of a team from the Arewa Consultative Forum, a northern cultural and political group, sent to meet and discuss common goals with northern state governors and other leaders.

Dr Saraki later switched allegiance to the People’s Democratic Party (PDP), and in the 2003 elections, supported his son; Bukola Saraki to be the PDP’s governorship candidate in April 2003 election in Kwara state.

Dr Bukola Saraki became the governor of the state while his sister, Gbemisola R. Saraki, was elected a Senator for Kwara State Central.

Meanwhile, the Kwara State Governor has declared today, Wednesday, 14th November, 2012 a work free day and three days of mourning, to allow residents in the state attend the burial of late states man.

A 20 man committee on the burial for Dr Saraki has been set up.

Members of the committee which is headed by Alhaji Saka Onimago are Barrister Anthony Towoju, Alhaji Kayode Issa, Alhaji Tajudeen Oloje, Alhaji Yekeen Ilobu, Alhaji Sule Maja, Prince Yemi Afolayan, Alhaji Ali Olola, Alh Lekan Alabi, Alhaji Mohammed Saraki and Alh Ope Saraki. Others are Alhaja Muslimat Ibrahim, Hon. Ganiyu Abdulkareem, Hon. Adamu Sabi, Hon. Mrs Owolabi, Alhaji Issa Hajia Nimota, Dr. Muyideen Akorede, Alhaji Wahab Oba and Alhaji Abdulsalam Suleiman. Alh. M. A Shehu is the secretary of the committee.

The governor urged community, religious and political leaders to troop out en masse to receive the remains of this illustrious son and Nigeria’s political icon later today at the Ilorin International Airport.

 

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  • http://www.facebook.com/tuleh Fatemaan Dorothy Tuleh

    FINALLY. THE BIG THIEF IS GONE. HOPE ALL THE MONEY WENT WITH HIM TOO.

  • funshy40

    Another rouge gone more to come.

  • http://www.facebook.com/morufu.sanusi Morufu Olakunle Sanusi

    As a Muslim youn don’t spesk bad of the dead, but thank God for the life of this man. This is a man that wanted to impose his daughter on the people of Kwara State as thier Governor, but Allah took control of the situation. With this lot I hope the Kwarans would see it as a relief and freedom to elect freely their rrepresentatives and Governor. To the Kwarans you have to free yourself from the shackles of Sarakis.
    NOW KWARANS ARE FREE 

  • http://www.facebook.com/morufu.sanusi Morufu Olakunle Sanusi

    As a Muslim youn don’t spesk bad of the dead, but thank God for the life of this man. This is a man that wanted to impose his daughter on the people of Kwara State as thier Governor, but Allah took control of the situation. With this lot I hope the Kwarans would see it as a relief and freedom to elect freely their rrepresentatives and Governor. To the Kwarans you have to free yourself from the shackles of Sarakis.
    NOW KWARANS ARE FREE 

  • http://www.facebook.com/morufu.sanusi Morufu Olakunle Sanusi

    As a Muslim youn don’t spesk bad of the dead, but thank God for the life of this man. This is a man that wanted to impose his daughter on the people of Kwara State as thier Governor, but Allah took control of the situation. With this lot I hope the Kwarans would see it as a relief and freedom to elect freely their rrepresentatives and Governor. To the Kwarans you have to free yourself from the shackles of Sarakis.
    NOW KWARANS ARE FREE 

  • http://www.facebook.com/morufu.sanusi Morufu Olakunle Sanusi

    As a Muslim youn don’t spesk bad of the dead, but thank God for the life of this man. This is a man that wanted to impose his daughter on the people of Kwara State as thier Governor, but Allah took control of the situation. With this lot I hope the Kwarans would see it as a relief and freedom to elect freely their rrepresentatives and Governor. To the Kwarans you have to free yourself from the shackles of Sarakis.
    NOW KWARANS ARE FREE 

  • http://www.facebook.com/lonivehu1 Lawrence Onivehu

    A media says he died at 71 another said at 81,pls which is correct?.May his soul rest in peace.

  • http://www.facebook.com/lonivehu1 Lawrence Onivehu

    A media report says saraki died at 71 and another said he died at 81,please which is correct?.May his soul rest in peace.

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/7T56JORBC24FJK7NEWAJHKA7WM sayomi

    It
    is quite unfortunate that AN HERO is lost in Kwara State. Though some
    have different opinions about OLOYE, I personally see him as a necessary
    FATHER in Kwara Politics. The vacuum he left behind can never be
    filled. He was a MAN of INTEGRITY, highly PATRIOTIC FELLOW in Kwara. His
    legacies will forever be fresh in my mind. It is so painful loosing him
    now. A TRUE LEADER, An ICON of High Repute. Ile ni adiye o ti niyi.
    OLOYE’S contributions will pass through the test of time and I can
    authoritative say that It will always be in the good record of Kwara
    State. CHIEF DR OLUSOLA ABUBAKAR SARAKI [OLOOOOYE] MAY YOUR SOUL REST IN
    PEACE. BABA BUKOLA, BABA GBEMISOLA, BABA LAOLU, SUN RE O. HMNNNNNN, the
    footsteps BABA left behind is definitely too big for anyone to step
    into. KWARAN WILL SURELY MISS YOU.
     

    • http://profile.yahoo.com/5JTS4KNMKYZMTXGFLWV7SGDEYQ Jesse

       I can see, your comment tells it all, You really benefited from his “oppressions” in kwara state. A greedy man that believes every good thing  should go to his family alone……

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/5JTS4KNMKYZMTXGFLWV7SGDEYQ Jesse

    Finally,  Kwarans are libretted…”Glory be to God”

  • http://www.facebook.com/adetunji.ibrahim.90 Adetunji Ibrahim

    saraki is law maker of ilorin who will rule ilorin now

  • http://www.facebook.com/adetunji.ibrahim.90 Adetunji Ibrahim

    certificate of dead is with every one of us no body will remain in this world

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