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- Published on Wednesday, 27 June 2012 12:37
- Written by Palmer Ogheneyole Nathaniel
Following widespread rumours mostly on the social media like Facebook, Twitter and BlackBerry Messenger on the purported death of Second Republic Senate Leader and father of immediate past Governor of Kwara State, Dr Olusola Saraki, the kwara State
government has debunked the rumours, stating that the elder statesman is still alive.
The state and its people had been apprehensive since Monday, against the background of the widespread rumour that the 79-year-old frontline politician had passed on.
Speaking to newsmen yesterday in a conference call from the United States of America, the Special Adviser to Kwara State Governor on Media and Strategies, Raheem Adedoyin, and a member of Saraki’s political camp, allayed the fear over the health status of the the man popularly referred to as "Oloye".
Adedoyin, who sniffed life out of the rumour, said the "father of politics in Kwara State is not only alive, but also enjoying his vacation in the US".
Also, the state branch of the PDP, in a statement by its publicity secretary, Alhaji Mas’ud Adebimpe, on Tuesday, debunked the rumour, saying “Dr Saraki is hale and hearty.”
According to the statement; "The attention of the leadership of our great party has been drawn to the mischievous rumour that Dr. Abubakar Olusola Saraki is dead.
“The rumour is not only mischievous and unfounded, but it is an outright falsehood designed to mislead the public on the health status of the Kwara political kingpin.
“We wish to say with all sense of responsibility that Saraki is alive, hale
and hearty and has been in touch with the people of the state and the leadership of our party.”
In the same vein, one of the personal assistants to the political leader, Mr Lateef Okandeji, in a statement made available to newsmen in Ilorin, also debunked the death, saying that the political icon recently spoke with Kwara Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) leaders on the forthcoming state House of Assembly rerun in Oloje and Alanamu wards of Ilorin North-West constituency.