A bill to revert the name of Abubakar Saraki University to Kwara State University, Malete, on Tuesday, was passed by the Kwara State House of Assembly.
Recall that the 8th Assembly among several laws passed, amended the law renaming the state varsity in honour of the late Olusola Saraki, father of the ex-senate president of Nigeria, Bukola Saraki.
According to a statement released by the information department of the Assembly, the house also passed three other Amendment Bills to drive best practices in the education sector and Local Government administration in the state.
The bill which is believed to be at the instigation of the State Governor, Abdulrazaq, is coming months after he demolished the Ile Arugbo, where the late Saraki patriarch used to cater for the needs of the elderly in the State.
The demolition, which attracted nationwide condemnation and protests is still a subject of litigation in the court.
In their reactions to the demolition, the Sarakis revealed how the Governor had always behaved as someone who had vindictive tendencies which was the reason why the late Saraki’s allies saw him as unfit for the highest post in the State.
Specifically, Senator Gbemisola Rukayat Saraki, the Minister of State Transport declared that the demolition of Ile Arugbo would in no way erase the legacy of the late elder Statesman whose contributions remain indelible in the hearts of the people of the State and beyond.
She reiterated the fact that Abdulrahman Abdulrazaq had always sought power as a way to rival the legacies the Sarakis had established in the State and where he could not rival such, he would pull everything down just to spite the Sarakis, even though she, a Saraki contributed to his election.
Obviously, Governor Abdulrazaq has proved Gbemi Saraki right by moving against the naming of the University after her father.
To many Kwarans, this was not what they voted for and this was not why they picked APC as the party to rule the State. 10 months into his administration, Abdulrazaq government has been dogged by controversies as he fights party elders, and everyone who helped him to power. ‘The people are yet to feel the impact of his adminstration and he seems not to know why he was elected, an Ilorin lawyer, who is a card carrying member of APC told this reporter.
Only yesterday, the APC Chairman in the State revealed how he has refused to grant party leaders audience because he sees them as enemies.