Immediate past Kwara State governor, Senator Bukola Saraki and his sister, Senator Gbemi Saraki have renewed the long-running feud between them, which came to the open in the wake of 2011 governorship election in Kwara State where Sen. Gbemi’s ambition to become the state governor was thwarted by her brother who backed the incumbent governor of the state, Abdulfatai Ahmed.
The disagreement over political ambitions soured relations between them, and in the aftermath of her defeat at the poll, Sen. Gbemi relocated to United States where she was until her father died on November 14, 2011. Their father, late Dr. Olusola Saraki before his death tried to resolve their differences but to no avail.
It would also be recalled that in one of the last interviews the late strongman of Kwara’s politics granted journalists before his demise, he revealed that their political differences had been settled but what remained was that of their quarrel within the family.
And despite creating the illusion that the family was not torn apart during their father’s burial last month, sources claim the warring pair who are not from the same mother, have both gone back to the trenches. This time around, it is Senator Bukola on one side, and Senator Gbemi, and her mother’s children, Laolu Saraki, and Mrs. Tope Edu (nee Saraki) on the other side.
Though what caused the latest row was very sketchy at the time of going to press, information from sources close to the family revealed that, their late father’s younger brother, Alh. Olatunji Abdullahi Ayinla who lives at Adewale Estate in Ilorin has mediated in the recent dispute in the house of the Sarakis.
The Ilorin Emir, Alh. Ibrahim Sulu- Gambari who was in United States when Dr. Saraki died and flew down to Ilorin on the day of the Fidau Prayer to witness the occasion was recently in Lagos at the deceased’s house in Ikoyi to broker a peace meeting among the warring siblings.