The Kwara State House of Assembly has said it directed the seizure of the Alimi Chalet and an expanse of land, popularly called ‘Ile Arugbo,’ allegedly acquired by a former Senate President, Dr. Bukola Saraki. The assembly said the property belonged to the state government, adding that there was no evidence the politician paid for them. In a statement by the Special Assistant to the Speaker, Ibrahim Sheriff, the state assembly said the allocation of the posh property to Saraki by the last administration was a “violent violation” of the Kwara State former Governor’s Pension Law 2010, as amended, which had already taken care of him (Saraki). The state Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Mr. Kola Shittu, described the legislature’s action as “ill-conceived, malicious and another indication that Governor Abdulrahman Abdulrazaq is out on a vendetta mission.” But, the assembly in a statement titled, ‘Our position on the seizure of Alimi Chalet, Saraki’s House,’ said there was an evidence the property was illegally acquired. The statement indicated, “the Ile Arugbo had been erected on land originally meant for the expansion of the Civil Service Clinic and Phase II of the State Government Secretariat without any evidence that anyone paid a dime to the government for the land. “The noise surrounding the affected property is politically motivated, as other public property unlawfully acquired are also being looked into. “We dare say that allowing impunity to stand, no matter who is affected and how long it has taken place, is
The Peoples Democratic Party has announced Senate President Bukola Saraki the head of its presidential campaign efforts. Mr Bukola Saraki’s official position as the director-general of the Atiku Abubakar Presidential Campaign Organisation was disclosed on Tuesday morning by Kola Ologbondiyan, the party’s spokesperson. Mr Abubakar was elected the presidential candidate of the main opposition party at its national convention in Port Harcourt earlier this month.
Atiku Abubakar won on Sunday almost half the votes cast in a primary race to become the main opposition challenger to Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari in next year’s elections, party officials said.
“This is a victory for all of us. The task to get Nigeria working again starts now,” Atiku Abubakar said in a tweet.
Thousands of youths from various associations and groups weekend embarked on a rally in support of the presidential ambition of the Senate President, Dr Bukola Saraki, in Ilorin, the Kwara capital. The rally was convened by the Oba Olarenwaju youths group and led by Mr. Olarewaju Oba. The youths, who ignored the scorching sun, sang songs in support of Saraki’s presidential ambition. They went through major streets in the state capital and ended up at the palace of the Emir of Ilorin, Alhaji Ibrahim Sulu-Gambari. The organiser of the rally, Oba, while addressing newsmen during the rally, said the youths in the state embarked on the rally in support of Saraki’s ambition in view of his contributions to the passage of ‘not too young to run bill’. He expressed optimism that Saraki will further contribute to the development of youths and the nation when he becomes Nigeria’s president. “The rally was a testimony that youths in the North-central and Kwara are in full support of the presidential ambition of the Senate President,” he said. Oba advised the Nigerian youths to always utilise available opportunities to be self employed instead of looking for ways of getting rich quick or engaging in drug and violence. – This Day
The All Progressives Congress appears not to be losing sleep over the reported defection of Speaker Yakubu Dogara from its fold to the opposition Peoples Democratic Party, where he came from. All Progressives Congress Says: “We would advise Dogara against his ill-advised decision to recontest his House of Representatives seat under the opposition Party he is linked with because a crushing and humiliating defeat surely awaits him.”