Kwara: The Fall of Saraki?

The Saraki political hegemony in Kwara state may finally be broken following uncertainty that now surrounds the political future of Senate President, Bukola Saraki’s who’s struggling to retain his seat at Nigeria’s upper legislative house, the Senate.

His position is being threatened by candidate of the All Progressives Congress, APC, Ibrahim Oloriegbe.

It was the first time that Saraki will lose election in Kwara state as his family has controlled the politics of the North Central state for decades.

His father, Olusola Saraki, Wazirin of Ilorin was the political leader of the state until his demise few years ago.

Bukola rode on the crest of the family popularity to become governor in 2004.

In 2015, he became the Senate President under the platform of the APC even though his party did not support his bid to the number three positions.

According to initial results posted by the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, Saraki of the PDP has already lost two local governments, Ilorin East and Asa Local governments to his opponent.

Saraki polled 14, 654 votes in Ilorin East while Olotiegbe olled 30, 014.

In Asa local government, the Senate President scored 11, 252 votes while the APC candidate polled 15, 932 votes.

Results are still being awaited in two other local governments that made up the Senatorial district.

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