Senator Gbemisoal Saraki, the eldest daughter of the late Second Republic Senate leader, Dr. Abubakar Olusola Saraki, yesterday said life would be hard for her without her father whom she described as a “wonderful man, a supportive father and a loyal friend”.
Gbemisola, who broke her silence yesterday since after the death of her father on Wednesday in his Lagos residence, told LEADERSHIP WEEKEND: “Baba was more than a father to me. I am going to miss him walahi! May his soul rest in perfect peace.”
As reactions continue to pour in over the passage of Saraki, the president of the south-east political group, C21, Senator Annie Okonkwo, has described Saraki as the undisputed benevolent chief priest of Kwara politics.
In his tribute through his special assistant on media, Mr. Collins Steve Ugwu, Okonkwo noted that Dr. Saraki was a “unique medical politician whose proven surgery in masses generosity provided him the magic of his endowed popularity to his very end”.
According to Okonkwo, “Saraki was a peculiar charisma that was not noisy, yet very loud by the ease of his adaptation to all classes of people, especially the masses. This craftsmanship was a suave repellent political weaponry that guaranteed him loyalty from the people whenever poachers tried to encroach.
In fact, it is safe to say that Dr. Saraki was the benevolent chief priest of Kwara politics, a true divine of their needs, and a thorough political captain whose arm band may not find a fitting hand as successor.”
Meanwhile, Alhaji Yahaya Abdulkarim, former governor of Sokoto State and one-time minister of works, has condoled with the Saraki family, the government and good people of Kwara State over the death of the Waziri of Ilorin, Dr. Saraki.