Dr Olusola Saraki, better known as the strong man of Kwara politics is dead,reports said this morning.He died in Lagos after battling with illness.
Saraki was a renowned politician who became virtually a phenomenon in his home state,Kwara.Since 1979,nobody became governor without his endorsement except the incumbent ,Abdulfatah Ahmed.
In 2011, there was a family rift during which his son Bukola now a senator supported Ahmed .That was contrary to Olusola’s wish to have his daughter become successor to his son who had just finished his second term in office.
Saraki was a politician who however had wide connections beyond Ilorin .He was a senate leader in the Second Republic.He was 79 years old.
His death occurred less than a week after ex Governor Lam Adesina of Oyo state died in Lagos.