Bukola Saraki, the immediate past Senate Presidentocato, has criticised the revocation of his family land, saying the decision by Abdulrahman Abdulrasaq, Governor of Kwara State, was done in vengeance against him and his late father, Olusola.
Saraki made the claim in a statement which he personally signed on Saturday in reaction to the decision of the Kwara State government.
Rafiu Ajakaiye, Chief Press secretary to the Governor, had in a statement on Friday announced the revocation of a land belonging to Saraki’s family in Ilorin, the Kwara State capital.
According to the state government, the land in question was originally meant for government secretariat and parking space of a clinic, but was unlawfully allocated to one of Saraki’s late father’s private firms.
But in his response, Saraki described the decision by the Kwara State government as “narrow-minded”, adding that Governor Abdulrasaq had waged “a war of attrition” against the legacy of his father rather than work to fulfil his campaign promises to Kwarans.
He stated that the governor is attempting to forcefully attain the status he achieved years ago, declaring that he (Governor Abdulrasaq) has “crossed the line”.
The statement read: “It should be noted that the excuse given by Abdulrazaq in his revocation order holds no water since it is clear that this is the height of his vengeance against my father, Dr. Abubakar Olusola Saraki and I.
“This action is clearly a manifestation of vengeance … in his narrow-mindedness, he believes his victory at the polls is an empowerment, entitlement and enablement to settle scores, provoke and pursue inter-family rivalry. They expected development and fulfilment of promises.”
“Seven months down the line, Abdulrahman Abdulrazaq has shown that its cardinal Programme is to wage war against my late father and I. He has demonstrated that his only competence and astuteness is in the area of viciously assailing the late Oloye Saraki and I. Definitely, he is a man with no sense of history. Enough is enough. Now, he has crossed the line,” the statement read.
“Perhaps, I should let it be known that if Abdulrahman Abdulrazaq thinks he is taking all these actions to get at me, he is only deceiving himself. There is no basis for competition between us. Our paths cannot cross because the status that he is struggling to attain, Almighty Allah has given it to me many years before now.”
The former senate president insisted that he was duly issued a Right of Occupancy title for the land and that he will contest revocation done by a “parochial, vicious and vindictive administration” through all legal means
“With all his subterranean and open moves against my family, person and property, I remain unmoved,” he said.
“However, his open antagonism against my late father and his legacies is unwarranted and will not be tolerated. He has definitely gone beyond bounds as he cannot be allowed to ride roughshod on the deceased. In this war against my late father, he will not win,” the statement read.