Breaking News: Excitement, Anger Trail Saraki’s Nomination As Minister

Excitement and anger have trailed the nomination of Senator Rukaya Gbemisola Saraki as a minister from Kwara state. Abdullahi Olesin reports

The nomination of Senator Rukaya Gbemisola Saraki for ministerial appointment by President Muhammdu Buhari has been greeted with excitement and anger by various political groups in the state.

 

Since the news of Saraki’s nomination for the ministerial job filtered into the state, various political groups have been expressing divergent views on the propriety or otherwise of the development.

While some expressed delight over Gbemisola’s nomination, others were not too impressed for obvious political reasons.

The endorsement of Gbemisola’s nomination came first from the unexpected quarters – the Sarakities in the fold of the state’s chapter of the Peoples Democratic Party(PDP) who are loyal to the immediate past Senate President, Dr Abubakar Bukola Saraki.

Bukola and his immediate younger sister, Gbemisola had parted ways since 2011 when the former did not support the gubernatorial ambition of his sister.

As a way of revenging, Gbemisola had pitched her tents behind the political opponents of Bukola in the 2019 general elections, which Saraki’s PDP lost across board in the state.

The ministerial slot given Gbemisola by the All Progressives Party led federal government, must therefore be a compensation for her support for the party during the last general elections.

Immediately, the news of Gbemisola’s nomination as a minister was made public, the social media boys of Senator Bukola Saraki wasted no time in celebrating the development through various write ups in the social media.

To them, Gbemisola’s nomination as one of the ministers from the state was a sort of the ‘ resurrection’ of the Saraki political dynasty which many had thought had gone into oblivion with Bukola Saraki’s defeat in the last general elections.

Besides, some members of the state APC caucus also viewed the nomination of Gbemisola as minister, as restoration of the Saraki dynasty in the state. The group said that already, her announcement as a minister-designate had thrown the defeated Saraki dynasty into celebration moods.

The APC Caucus Chairman and Secretary Yusuf Mohammed and Buhari Aliyu

added that if they had their way with President Buhari, “we would have preferred another person from the state to replace Senator Gbemisola Saraki in order to save the people of the state the nightmare of going back to the dark days of the Saraki reign again.”

They, however, hailed the president for re-nominating Alhaji Lai Mohammed as

minister-designate, adding that “we wish however, like to state that we have received the nomination of Senator Gbemisola Saraki with mixed feelings.

“We are very apprehensive of the fact that as the saying goes, ‘blood is thicker than water.’ Therefore, we are afraid that the appointment of Senator Gbemisola Saraki as a minister, is likely to bring back the

sad memories of the retrogressive political activities of the Saraki dynasty, which impacted negatively on the lives of majority of the people of the state.

“We are of the belief that we have been able to defeat and wean ourselves from the Saraki’s negative political influences and strongholds that have left bitter and sour tastes in the mouths of majority of the people of the state during the divinely inspired victory of the people in the last general elections in the state.

“However, we are now very worried and unhappy that the appointment of Senator Gbemisola Saraki as a minster, would most likely provide easy access and platform, which shall be employed to bring back this era of the misrule and financial rape that were imposed on us in Kwara state, during the past 16 years of political control by the Saraki dynasty which Senator Gbemisola Saraki was also an active participant.”

sad memories of the retrogressive political activities of the Saraki dynasty, which impacted negatively on the lives of majority of the people of the state.

“We are of the belief that we have been able to defeat and wean ourselves from the Saraki’s negative political influences and strongholds that have left bitter and sour tastes in the mouths of majority of the people of the state during the divinely inspired victory of the people in the last general elections in the state.

“However, we are now very worried and unhappy that the appointment of Senator Gbemisola Saraki as a minster, would most likely provide easy access and platform, which shall be employed to bring back this era of the misrule and financial rape that were imposed on us in Kwara state, during the past 16 years of political control by the Saraki dynasty which Senator Gbemisola Saraki was also an active participant.”

 

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