Politics

How Much Influence Does Saraki Has In Kwara As Compared To Lagos’s Tinubu

There is no doubt that Saraki and Tinubu are the two main influential figures in political system of kwara and Lagos state respectively. Bukola Saraki inherited his political structure from his late father Olushola Saraki being a wealthy man and also a philanthropist in Ilorin and Kwara State as a whole. Bukola Saraki influence support for the present Governor of the state, Governor Abdulfattah Ahamed who was the Commissioner for Finance under his administration in favour of kwara south was a political astute.

Despite the fact that his father did not support him, he was able to achieved his goal, ever since then he mounted the seat of over powering influence in kwara State. Bola Ahmed Tinubu on other hand being the only surviving Governor from Alliance for Democracy AD in South Western Nigeria in 2003 under the regime of former President Olusegun Obasonjo. Other southwest state fell under the same political party he was lone audible voice of the opposition. He withstood his stand and was able to face “Ebora Owu” this resulted in meagre and even zero, allocation to Lagos State. He was able to paddle the State with the state internal revenue. Since then Tinubu has mounted the seat of overwhelming political influence in Lagos State.

In term of political office position Saraki outsmart Tinubu been two-term Governor, two-time senator, special assistance to President Obsanjo on budget and presently the Senate President. Tinubu was one-time senator and two-term Governor.

Saraki inherited his political structure, so he did not suffer to build it up himself. All he did was that he got and restructured it. Tinubu had to reposition Alliance for Democracy AD to Action Congress of Nigeria AC he did not recreate the party alone, he followed it and nurtured it.

Tinubu nurtured many proteges who are “true” to him up till today they include; Fashola, Fayemi, Aregbesola to mention just a few. Saraki nurtured just only one protege that is the present Governor of Kwara State Abdulfatah Ahmed.

During Persident Obasanjo regime, when Saraki was Special assistance on budget, Tinubu single-handedly created the main opposition part All Progressive Congress APC then, which is the ruling part now.

The implausible gap in 2015 election result between the Incumbent President, Godluck Ebele Jonathan and his opponent Mohammed Buhari was said to have been attributed to Tinubu’s influence, that was the very first time that the incumbent President would lost in the general election in the history of Nigeria.

It is therefore obvious that the influence of Tinubu in Lagos state is not restricted to Lagos state alone having spread to south Western political zone of Nigeria and also to the Nation at large. Saraki political influence is within Kwara State.

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