Dr Abubakar Olusola Saraki is dead

Dr Abubakar Olusola Saraki

Dr Abubakar Olusola Saraki

The strongman of Kwara politics and Senate leader in the second republic, Dr Abubakar Olusola Saraki is dead.

He reportedly died this morning (Wednesday) at his Cameroon Road, Ikoyi, Lagos, residence.

The late politician has been battling with an undisclosed ailment for months and has been frequenting foreign hospitals for treatment.

He was born on the 17th of May, 1933 at Ilorin, Kwara State. He was 79 years old.

His son, former Governor of Kwara State, Senator Bukola Saraki departed Abuja for Lagos Wednesday morning to convey his father’s body to Ilorin, the Kwara State capital, for burial in accordance with Islamic rites

Dr Abubakar Olusola Saraki was also the Waziri of the Ilorin Emirate.

Background

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, only returning to party-politics in 1978/79.

He first entered politics when he ran in the 1964 parliamentary election for Ilorin as an independent, but failed to win.

In 1977, Olusola Saraki was elected as a member of the Constituent Assembly that produced the 1979 constitution. In 1979 he was elected a Senator of the Second Republic, and became Senate Leader. In 1983 Saraki was re-elected into the Senate on the National Party of Nigeria (NPN) platform.

In 1998, Olusola Saraki became a 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. Later Saraki switched allegiance to the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), and in the 2003 elections supported his son Bukola Saraki as candidate for governor of Kwara state in April 2003, and his daughter Gbemisola R. Saraki as senator for Kwara State Central in April 2003.

May his soul rest in peace.

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