Bukola Saraki

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Abubakar Bukola Saraki
Senator for Kwara Central
Incumbent
Assumed office
29 May 2011
Preceded by Gbemisola Saraki-Forowa
Governor of Kwara State
In office
29 May 2003 – 29 May 2011
Preceded by Mohammed Lawal
Succeeded by Abdulfatah Ahmed
Personal details
Born (1962-12-19) 19 December 1962 (age 51)

Abubakar Bukola Saraki (born 19 December 1962) was elected governor of Kwara State, Nigeria, on 29 May 2003. He served two terms in office. In the April 2011 elections, he was elected Senator for Kwara Central, succeeding his sister, Gbemisola Saraki-Forowa. He was a member of the ruling People's Democratic Party (PDP) but recently defected to the All Progressives Congress (APC). Saraki's father, Olusola Saraki, is a former senator of Kwara State.

Background[edit]

Bukola Saraki was born on 19 December 1962. He attended King's College, Lagos, from 1973 to 1978, and Cheltenham College, Cheltenham, London from 1979 to 1981 for his High School Certificate. He then studied at the London Hospital Medical College of the University of London from 1982 to 1987, when he obtained his M.B.B.S (London). He worked as a Medical Officer at Rush Green Hospital, Essex, from 1988 to 1989. He was a Director of Societe Generale Bank (Nig) Ltd from 1990 to 2000. He was appointed special assistant to the President on Budget in 2000.[1] Ceremonially, he also serves as a tribal nobleman of high rank in his capacity as the Turaki of the Ilorin Emirate.[citation needed]

Political career[edit]

Dr. Bukola Saraki contested and won the gubernatorial election of April 19, 2003 in the State on the platform of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP). He ran again in 2007, and won again.[2]

Alhaji Isiaka Gold won the January PDP primaries for the Kwara Central Senate seat. However, a rerun primary was held after Gold withdrew, and Saraki was elected with 1,044 votes, ahead of Mallam Yonus Abdulrahman who received 13 votes.[3] In the April elections, Saraki won with 78,799 votes, against Action Congress of Nigeria (ACN) candidate Oloriegbe Ibrahim Yahaya, who polled 53,058 votes, and Allied Congress Party of Nigeria (ACPN) candidate Hajia Rukayat Issa with 32,499 votes.[4]

Controversy[edit]

In April 2012 the police sent a letter to Saraki asking him to assist in their investigation of a case of "conspiracy, forgery and stealing N21,000,000,000 belonging to Joy Petroleum Ltd." A Federal High Court in Abuja heard a request by Saraki for an injunction preventing the police from arresting him "to protect his dignity and prevent further harassment".[5] At the hearing the counsel for the police alleged that Saraki had influenced the purchase of stocks by the Ministry of Finance of Kwara State in companies that included Joy Petroleum, of which Saraki was the promoter. His wife was linked to the transaction as was Abdulfatah Ahmed, then Commissioner of Finance and now governor of the state. The High Court adjourned the hearing until 22 May 2012.[6]

On 28 April 2012 the police's Special Fraud Unit said they had issued an arrest warrant for Saraki, whom they wanted to question about "a case of suspected fraudulent conversion of depositors' funds through questionable waivers of loans and other facilities of about N9.76bn granted by the management of the defunct Intercontinental Bank Plc." It was alleged that the waived loans from the bank were used for his personal profit while he was governor of Kwara State.[7] Saraki said he was willing to appear before the police.[8] On 3 May 2012 the senator was questioned by the police for two hours.[9]

Abuja High Court Criticises Police Warrant.

The Police were later condemned by the Federal Court in Abuja following a request to the courts by Senator Saraki's legal team to determine "whether it is not a violation of the plaintiff's right under section 34(a) and section 35 of the constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria 1999 (as amended) for the Defendant to invite the plaintiff to appear before the police without any allegations and or accusations specifically made against him. A Federal High Court in Abuja  condemned in strong terms the issuance of a warrant for the arrest of former governor of Kwara State, Senator Bukola Saraki. Justice Gladys Olotu while ruling on the above  said that the police undermined the authority of the court when it issued a warrant for Saraki's arrest and also declared him wanted after they (the police) have submitted to the jurisdiction of the court. Judge Gladys Olotu also set aside the order issued by the police declaring Saraki wanted on the ground that such order foisted a fait accompli on the court. Judge Gladys Olotu rejected the arguments of the police counsel, Mr. Femi Falana, that the court did not have the power to stop the police from carrying out their constitutional duties. According to her, once a party has submitted a dispute to the court and the other party has been served, the proper thing to do is to allow the court to determine the dispute. She rejected the arguments could come to the court to stop their arrest hiding under the rule of law. The judge found that the plaintiff's case had been overtaken by events. The judge said: "I am of the view that the plaintiff has unfettered right to come to court." She upheld the arguments of counsel to Saraki, Mr. Lawal Rabana (SAN), that it did not lie in the mouth of a party to declare a case an abuse of court but that it should be the duty of the court to so declare after hearing all the parties. The judge noted that the police admitted that they obtained a warrant while the case was pending and also executed the warrant in the public domain instead of serving it on the plaintiff. She said: "The police's excuse is not tenable. It would have been wise to await the decision of this court. They undermined this court. "It was this court that should have issued the warrant. This is because the police's power to do anything has been technically suspended. The sanctity of the rule of law must be protected at all costs and at all time. The warrant of arrest and the order declaring him wanted are hereby set aside. This case is hereby struck out."

Director of Public Prosecutions notes police allegations are frivolous.

All Africa reports that In a letter dated 9 October 2012 from the Director of Public Prosecutions to the Inspector General of Police that the allegations against Senator Saraki were "frivolous" and "It would therefore be improper and unjust in the circumstances to hold Saraki or indeed the companies criminally liable for the internal actions and decisions of the bank and its officials bordering on exercise of discretion." Senator Saraki Exonerated from any allegations of fraud. On 24 October, the Attorney General of the Federation and Minister of Justice wrote to Mr Saraki's Lawyers that " After a thorough consideration of the investigative report an the relevant laws applicable thereto, the criminal allegations against Senator (Dr) Bukola, CON, are unfounded and manifestly unsupportable in law". Reports of this were carried in All Africa.Com

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Dr. Abubakar Bukola Saraki". Dr. Abubakar Bukola Saraki. Retrieved 2009-12-06. 
  2. ^ "Governor Abubakar Bukola Saraki of Kwara State,,". Nigeria Governors Forum. Retrieved 2009-12-06. 
  3. ^ Demola Akinyemi (30 January 2011). "Saraki Wins PDP Ticket for Kwara Central Senatorial District". Vanguard. Retrieved 2011-05-06. 
  4. ^ Mustafa Abubakar and Romoke W. Ahmad (11 April 2011). "Olusola Saraki Beaten At Ward". Dai;y Trust. Retrieved 2011-05-06. 
  5. ^ Eric Ikhilae (2012-04-25). "Saraki seeks court injunction against IGP, others". The Nation. Retrieved 2012-05-06. 
  6. ^ "Nigeria: N21 Billion Fraud - Court Fixes May 22 to Hear Saraki's Application". Leadership (Abuja). 26 April 2012. Retrieved 2012-05-06. 
  7. ^ Yusuf Alli/Jude Isiguzo (2012-04-29). "N9.7bn Fraud: Police declare Bukola Saraki wanted". The Nation. Retrieved 2012-05-06. 
  8. ^ Sam Nwaoko, Ado-Ekiti (29 April 2012). "Bukola Saraki ready to appear before police". Sunday Tribune. Retrieved 20120-05-06. 
  9. ^ ALBERT AKPOR (May 4, 2012). "Journalists manhandled, locked up in PPRO’s office over Saraki". Vanguard. Retrieved 2012-05-06. 

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