Kwarans have finally paid Bukola Saraki back for ‘dethroning’ his father, the late Olusola Saraki.
by STARRYS OBAZEI for e-nigeriang
Politicians are highly inhuman and can crush anybody to achieve their political ambition.
Absalom in the Holy Book warred against David his father, even not only out to dethrone him, but to kill him and those supporting him.
But Absalom met his waterloo in a thicket, hanging on tree with his long hair. Joab, David’s military chief, put him to death.
Kwarans have put Bukola Saraki to ‘death’, if his recourse to the law court finally disappoints him over last Saturday’s elections.
Kwara State politically belongs to the Saraki dynasty founded by Bukola’s father, Olusola Saraki.
The late Olusola Saraki (fondly called Oloye by his people) was popular, loved, admired, feared and supported by Kwarans.
He understood the people’s pains and didn’t interfere much in the process of choosing party candidates at various levels. He allowed local party chapters to choose their flag-bearers and this made it easy for him to always deliver Kwara at the polls, only interfering occasionally.
He produced Adamu Attah, the Egbira Prince, as Governor in the First Republic. Olusola later produced other governors, namely Cornelius Adebayo, Mohammed Shaba Lafiagi, Mohammed Lawal and finally Bukola, his son.
Bukola emerged in Kwara political scene in 2002 after his father fell out with then then governor of the state, late Admiral Mohammed Lawal. The then strongman of Kwara politics Olusola Saraki, according to Daily Trust report, held sway until his son ‘dethroned’ him.
He did not live long afterwards. Bukola’s ruthlessness crumbled the father’s dynasty. He did not build on the father’s dynasty. He built a brand new one, which lacked the admirable qualities of his father.
Kwarans did not forget Oloye’s political and general large-hardheartedness. They were sad about the exit of Oloye, the grand-master of Kwara politics. And they knew who pulled their hero down and were waiting for the right time to strike.
Bukola snatched party structures in the state from his father and influenced the emergence of the then state Commissioner of Finance Abdulfatah Ahmed as governor against his father’s choice.
And the father once said: I am sad about what Bukola is doing to me.”
But Bukola, after wresting power from his father refused to emulate the father’s humaneness.
According to Daily Trust report, Bukola refused to follow the old father’s footsteps of allowing local party structures to select popular candidates for positions of Local Government Chairman, Member State House of Assembly, Member House of Representatives, Senate and office of the Governor.
He didn’t want smart, popular candidates to emerge on the political scene with the attendant risk of having them gain popularity and acquire resources to challenge his authority in the future. Bukola preferred to dominate the scene.
He single-handedly nominated everyone, who would run for office in Kwara with the exception of only councillorship positions, which he considered too minor to attract his attention.
Kwarans had tasted serving two masters: Olusola Saraki and his son, Bukola. They were seething with anger about the way Bukola overthrew their beloved grandmaster.
In the last presidential and National Assembly elections, Bukola might have taken Kwara for granted, concentrating on the election of his presidential candidate, Atiku Abubakar.
And last month, the lovers of the strongman of Kwara poltics, Bukola’s late father, gathered together to celebrate Oloye’s legacy, and to immortalise him with a foundation, named Sola Saraki Education Fondation. This took place just about a month to the elections.
Known or unknown to the lovers of beloved Oloye, they might have rekindled love for the former father of Kwara politics, and they must have remembered how the great man went into oblivion while still alive as a result of Bukola’s ambition.
Payback time had arrived and their bottled anger burst on February 23 during the elections. And Kwara people’s tempest swept their new master away.