Senator Gbemisola Saraki Hails Alhassan’s Victory

Senator-Aisha-Jummai-AlHassanSenator Gbemisola Saraki has hailed the victory of Senator Aisha Alhassan, as the duly elected governor of Taraba State, declaring it a ‘monumental victory for Nigeria’s democracy and a validation that real change is here to stay’.

In a statement signed by her media aide, Abdul Muhammad, Senator Saraki said that the All Progressives Congress (APC) mantra of change is sweeping across Nigeria, as the country is experiencing many unprecedented democratic firsts.

“This is yet another historic moment for Nigeria, particularly the women and the advocates who have struggled over the years for equality in the political space. It is a milestone that would revolutionize our perception about women leadership and its prospect for true democracy”, she said.

Senator Saraki added that, The victory is not only that of Senator Alhassan, the people of Taraba, nor the APC alone, but for all Nigerian women, political and non-political, Muslims and Christians at home and in diaspora, who have fought diligently over the years for equality in party politics and in government appointments.

She, however, commended Senator Alhassan’s determination, resilience, tenacity and the dignified manner with which she protected the mandate bestowed by the people of Taraba State.

The Governorship Election Tribunal sitting in Abuja nullified the election of Mr Darius Ishaku as governor of Taraba State on Saturday.

The Tribunal, after nullifying the election, declared the governorship candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Mrs Aisha Alhassan, winner of the April 11 election in Taraba State.

Candidate Emerges At Kwara Rescheduled PDP Governorship Primary

PDP22The Kwara State chapter of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has held its rescheduled governorship primary, with Senator Simeon Ajibola, emerging as the candidate of the party.

The emerged candidate, who could be described as ‘surprise flag bearer’, promised to work with other aspirants to ensure victory for the party.

Delegates were at the venue of the governorship primary election where the initial primary that was cancelled was held.

The chairman of the electoral committee, who is also the Governor of Benue State, Gabriel Suswan, conducted the accreditation before voting commenced.

Twelve aspirants participated in the primary. The event scheduled for 2:00pm local time on Thursday commenced by 2:00am in the early hours of the following day (Friday).

At the end of the voting, Governor Suswan announced Senator Simeon Ajibola’s name as the winner with Dele Belgore coming second while Senator Gbemisola Saraki clinched third position.

Governor Suswan described the exercise as transparent, peaceful and fair, emphasising that the choice of the people has emerged.

However, the announcement did not to go down well with other aspirants, as they quietly went out of the venue unannounced.

In his acceptance speech, the winner thanked the party members for the confidence reposed in him and promised to ensure the victory of the party in the governorship election that will hold in 2015.

While answering questions on the reactions of other aspirants to his emergence, he noted that they had been working together and had agreed to support whoever emerged as candidate among them.

Senator Ajibola will slug it out with the incumbent governor of Kwara State, Abdulfatah Ahmed, who has received the party’s support for a second term.

National Leadership Of PDP To Reconcile Factions In Kwara

Kwara PDPThe Kwara State chapter of the People’s Democratic Party, PDP, has been undergoing rejuvenation to ensure the success of the party in 2015.

Since the emergence of the present executive, the party has been battling to reconcile aggrieved members and the situation led the national leadership of the party to send a reconciliation committee to visit the state to reconcile aggrieved members.

The State Chairman of the People’s Democratic Party, Iyiola Oyedepo, after emerging as the head of the party at the state congress of the party, had affirmed the crisis and fractions within the party and promised to tackle it.

The national leadership, in its effort to ensure that no excuse is given for lapses in the state, then inaugurated the North Central Zone Reconciliation Committee, headed by the former national chairman of the party, Dr. Bello Haliru, to visit and reconcile members in the state.

The 15-man committee, which also includes the former Senate President, Adolphous Wabara, held several closed door meetings with relevant stakeholders and has pleaded with those aggrieved to sheathe their swords and not do anything that would affect the chances of the party.

They also applauded the state executive for its effort to ensure that the party remains relevant in the state.

The national leadership of the party had earlier held a big rally in Ilorin to express support for the members who did not defect to the All Progressives Congress, APC but decided to stay within the party.

The Metropolitan Square was filled with party faithful within and outside the state who promised to work for the success of the party.

Commenting on the alleged friction within the leaders of the party in the state, a party chieftain, John Dara, at the rally, agreed that there was rivalry but noted that there was no bitterness.

Another notable member of the party, Senator Gbemisola Saraki, had expressed belief that the PDP was well positioned and ready to wrestle power, adding that the harmonious relationship among leaders would ensure victory for the party in 2015.

VIDEO: Saraki is laid to rest

The former Senate leader in the second republic and strong man of Ilorin politics,  Olusola Saraki has been laid to rest according to Islamic rites.

He was buried in his country home in Ilorin, the Kwara state capital.

The 79 year old politician passed away early this morning in Lagos, after a prolonged illness.

Hundreds of people had assembled at the Ilorin International Airport ahead of the arrival of his corpse.

Dignitaries present at the prayer for his burial were the Speaker of the House of Representatives,  Honourable Aminu Tambuwal, the Governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN), Sanusi Lamido Sanusi, Governor of old Anambra State, Chief Jim Nwobodo and the Governor of Kwara State, Abdulfatah Ahmed.

Also present were members of his grieving family, which included former Senator Gbemisola Saraki and former Governor of Kwara state, Dr Bukola Saraki.

The Minister for Interior, Abba Moro, Minister of National Planning, Usman Shamusideen, and the former Minister of  Defence, Alhaji Haliru Bello,were also present.

The late strongman of Kwara politics had been battling with an undisclosed ailment for months and had sought treatment in a series of foreign hospitals.

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

Mourning on Facebook

Meanwhile, the former Governor of Kwara State and son of the late politician, Dr. Bukola Saraki, posted on social media that his late father would be “sorely missed.”

The former governor, who is now the chairman Senate Committee on Environment wrote the following on his Facebook page:

“Inna lillahi wa inna ilayhi raji’un ; “Truly! To Allah we belong and truly, to Him we shall return.” (al-Baqarah:156) With gratitude to Almighty Allah, we announce the passage to eternity of our beloved father and grandfather, His Eminence, Oloye (Dr.) Abubakar Olusola Saraki, Waziri of Ilorin, former Senate Leader, Second Republic, Federal Republic of Nigeria who answered the call to the great beyond, in the early hours of today in Lagos (17 May 1933 – 14 Nov 2012).”

“We take solace in knowing that our father lived an exemplary life of service, and selfless devotion to development of his people and nation. Baba will be sorely missed. We pray for the repose of his soul that Almighty Allah grant him Al-Jannah Firdaus. Amin.”