There is a certain amount of sibling rivalry between the immediate past governor of Kwara State, Senator Bukola Saraki and his blood sister, Senator Gbemi Saraki.
It is no news that the grapes have since gone sour between them politically dating back to 2011 governorship election when Senator Bukola was the major factor that helped in the emergence of the incumbent governor, Abdulfatah Ahmed. Then Gbemi contested against Gov. Ahmed under the umbrella of Allied Congress Party of Nigeria (ACPN).
And last week Monday, Gbemi returned to the PDP just as his brother stepped out of the PDP umbrella to join APC.
Sources who exposed the holes in their relationship within the Saraki family told orijoreporter that the duo have been at daggers drawn over their late father’s estate. Dr. Olusola Saraki, the late ‘garrison commander’ of Kwara Politics passed on in November, 2012, and may have died intestate following the crisis rocking his family over his properties.
It was said that last month Gbemi was at their late father’s office built on about 5 plots of land at Olohunsogo-Geri Alimi area in Ilorin, the Kwara State capital (office pictured right). The big building was used by Oloye as their father was called by his teeming followers as his secretariat for his political activities.
Sources said Gbemi has not surrendered her governorship ambition and was seen at the vacant property taking inventory in hopes that she would turn it into her own campaign office. About one kilometre to the controversial building lies Bukola’s campaign office called Mandate (pictured below).
Orijoreporter exclusively gathered that Gbemi’s visit was immediately communicated to Bukola through a woman simply identified as Alhaja, one of the squatters in the building. Alhaja was an office assistant in the premises when the senior Saraki was alive.
The information got the former governor angry. It was said that the current leader of Kwara politics mobilized men of Nigeria Security & Civil Defence Corp and vigilante group to the controversial property to ward off ‘Gbemi’s intrusion.’
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