Reports reaching us indicate that Olusola Saraki, the strongman of Kwara politics, is dead. He was 79. Mr. Saraki, Leader of the Nigerian Senate during the second republic, died Wednesday morning in Lagos.
His son, Bukola Saraki, could not be reached, but another family member confirmed the development to one of our reporters.
Mr. Saraki controlled the politics of Kwara State for about two decades until he was displaced as kingmaker by his son, Bukola, a serving senator, in the 2011 general elections.