Crisis come-up after demolition of Saraki property (Read Full Detail)


Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), had yesterday condemned the unwarranted and vindictive demolition of a property to the former Senate President, Bukola Saraki.

A bulldozer accompanied by security operatives destroyed Ile Arugbo located at Iloffa Road, Ilorin, the Kwara State capital, at yesterday midnight. It was reported that the  property belonged to the late Dr. Olusola Saraki, a Second Republic senator and father of the former senate president.

The development is the latest twist in the political tussle between the Saraki dynasty, which once held sway in the state and the administration of Governor Abdulrahman Abdulrazaq.

People Democratic Party (PDP), had described the action of the kwara state government as hatred and political intolerance, in furtherance of the larger plot owned by the APC, and its administration just intimidate, suppress, hound, crush and silence opposition and dissenting voices in our country, in the bid to foist a siege mentality on the citizenry.

In a statement released by the National Publicity Secretary, Kola Ologbondiyan, PDP stated; The demolition is a complete subversion of the rule of law as the matter is already in court. Kwara State government could not even wait for the outcome of the court process apparently because it knows that it is pursuing an illegal agenda.

PDP has warned the APC and the Kwara State government against crossing boundaries that could trigger unrest in the country and further called on them to steer clear of the property.

It stressed; In the years the PDP governed Kwara State, there was no case of government demolishing the property of opposition members or supporters under any guise whatsoever.

But justifying its action, the Kwara State government said what it did was to reclaim the land in the spirit of what it was originally meant for.

It was further revealed by the people Democratic Party (PDP), that the property which being reclaimed by the Kwara State government is not Saraki’s ancestral home as is being portrayed in some section of the media. It's ancestral home was located in Agbaji, Ilorin, while the property is used for political meetings in the heart of the GRA, Ilorin.

In a statement released by the Chief Press Secretary to the Governor, Rafiu Ajakaye, revealed that the Kwara State government’s position is that the land was a public property and it was reserved for a construction of Government Secretariat, a civil service clinic. However, the ownership of the property was spuriously transferred it to a private firm and for commercial purpose without the firm paying a kobo to the pocket of the government or obtaining the Certificate of Occupancy.

Meanwhile, the chairman of a pro-Saraki group, Saraki Legacy Forum, Alhaji Bibire Ajape, has called on supporters of the family “particularly the women and youth who were brutalised during the attempts to carry out the illegal demolition exercise to maintain peace and not take laws into their hands.” He gave the assurance that the “illegality will not stand as the family will pursue all legal means to claim the rights of their late patriarch.”

In a signed statement, Ajape said: “It will be recalled that while the governor on December 27 claimed that there was no existing document showing that the land was properly allocated to the late Dr. Saraki, the same government through its agent on Monday circulated a letter of allocation to Asa Investments owned by Dr. Saraki in which the company was directed to pay the sum of N1,047,090 (One Million, Forty Seven Thousand and Ninety Naira only).

“The government then changed its story that the property was allocated to a company which had nothing to do with any politician, dead or alive and that they could not find any record of money paid. The Saraki family has maintained that a Right of Occupancy title was issued to Asa Investment, an indication that the allocation was lawfully concluded with all parties meeting their obligations.

The pre-emptive move by the state government to demolish the property was made to undermine and frustrate the judicial process and it represents another act of disrespect for the judiciary and the rule of law which the current government of Kwara State is known for.

”While we praise the security agencies in the state for refusing to supply their men from the respective commands to participate in the midnight demolition exercise, we call on them to also caution their men attached to the Government House to stop being used to settle political scores and avoid participating in illegal actions of the State Government. It is also important for them to caution the governor to stop escalating tension in the state.He said.

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