Saraki furious over revocation of late father’s property

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Anietie Udobit

Senator Bukola Saraki, Former Nigerian Senate President has vowed to contest the revocation of his late father’s property by the Kwara State Government.

He described the act as a deliberate effort of the state governor, Abdulrahman Abdulrazaq, to erase the legacies of his (Saraki’s) late father, Olusola Saraki.

The chief press secretary to the governor, Rafiu Ajakaiye, had on Friday announced the takeover of a piece of land occupied by the Saraki family in Ilorin, the state capital. He said a new secretariat would be built on the land.

Mr Ajakaiye said the land was originally meant for government secretariat and parking space of the Civil Service Clinic, but was unlawfully allocated to a private firm, Asa Investments Limited, without any record of payment to the state government.

No certificate of occupancy was issued in favour of the firm, he said.

In his reaction, Mr Saraki, who also governed the state for eight years, accused the governor of waging a war against him and his late father.

“It should be noted that the excuse given by Abdulrazaq in his revocation order holds no water since it is clear that this is the height of his vengeance against my father, Dr. Abubakar Olusola Saraki and I.

“It is surprising that of all vacant plots of land in strategic places across Ilorin township, the one that Abdulrahman found useful for his vengeful plan is the one owned by late Dr. Saraki. It is beyond comprehension why a Governor would set as his main agenda the objective of undermining and waging a war of attrition against a man who is no longer around,” he said.

This action, he said, is clearly a manifestation of vengeance and it shows that Mr Abdulrazaq is not out to serve any public purpose or pursue any development agenda.

Mr Saraki also wondered why they governor “has shown that his cardinal programme is to wage war against him and his late father.”

While he warned that the governor is no match for him, Mr Saraki urged him to use his position to serve the people – as he did during his tenure.

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