Saraki In Dilemna Over Ahmed’s Successor
By Sola SADIQ
Four close political associates of Senate President, Bukola Saraki, have embarked on behind-the-scene schemings to succeed Gov Abdulfatah Ahmed of Kwara State in 2019.
Leading the pack of the aspirants is a former Chairman of the Nigerian Railway Corporation, Abubakar Baraje, who was also few years ago the acting National Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).
Others include two members of the House of Representatives, Zakari Mohammed and Abubakar Kannike and the Speaker of Kwara House of Assembly, Ali Ahmad.
The four aspirants, it was gathered, are doing everything possible to win Saraki’s endorsement.
A few months ago, there were speculations that Zakari Mohammed had won the heart of Saraki, the leader of the All Progressives Congress in the state to succeed Ahmed.
Fresh indications have now emerged that Saraki is keeping his options open on the succession race, even as sources disclosed that another member of the House of Reps and also the immediate former speaker in the state, Razak Atunwa, may throw his hat into the ring only if – according to a source – he gets the go ahead from “the Leader,” as Saraki is fondly called by his associates.
Coincidentally, Kannike, Ahmad, Mohammed and Atunwa are all former commissioners under Saraki when he ruled the state from 2003 to 2011.
Baraje, on the other hand, is a former permanent secretary in the state and joined politics at the behest of the late strongman of Kwara politics, Dr. Olusola Saraki, Bukola’s father.