OrderPaperToday – The political dynasty of the Senate President, Bukola Saraki has been dealt the final mortal blow as his anointed candidate for the gubernatorial race, Rasak Atunwa, suffered defeat in all 16 local governments in the State.
The result declared by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) shows that Atunwa of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) who is currently a member of the House of Representatives polled 114,754 votes against his opponent, Abdulrahman Abdulrasak of the All Progressives Congress (APC) who got 331,521 votes to emerge as the winner.
This latest defeat appears to have put a final nail on the political coffin of the Senate President who also tasted defeat at the poll on 23rd of February election, where he also lost his re-election bid for Kwara Central Senatorial Seat.
More embarrassing for Saraki who is also the Director General of the PDP Presidential Campaign, is that he lost all the local governments to the opposition in the state.
Atunwa who is the Chairman House Committee on Justice also lost Asa Local government where he hails from.
The outcome of this election truncates the Saraki hegemony in Kwara State, a dynasty that started with Bukola’s father, Olusola Saraki, who was majority leader of the Senate in the Second republic.
This election, unless by intervention of the court means that for the first since 1999 no Saraki will be holding an elective post in the state.
Gbemisola Saraki, a major part of the opposition to his elder brother served as a member of the House of Representatives from 1999 to 2003 and was also in the Senate from 2003 until replaced by his brother Bukola Saraki who had already served 2 terms as governor of the State.