As the 2019 elections draw closer, Senate President Bukola Saraki is fighting many political battles both at the centre and in his state, reports Assistant Editor, Dare Odufowokan

For Senate President Bukola Saraki, these are indeed troubled times. From his ongoing trial for corruption by the Code of Conduct Tribunal (CCT) for corruption, to his name being mentioned in the Panama papers, coupled with recent allegations that he may be working with the opposition Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) to undermine the current All Progressives Congress (APC) administration led by his fellow party man, President Muhammadu Buhari, it has been from one troubling news to the other for Saraki.

And on top of all these pressures, the Kwara state born politician is battling with mounting efforts to unseat him as the political leader of his home state amidst growing opposition to his leadership within and outside the ruling APC in the state. Reliable sources within the party in the state told The Nation that Saraki’s political family may not find winning the next general election in the state as easy as it was for them in 2015, due to a number of issues now generating tension within the ruling party.

“I think the happenings in Abuja are gradually taking their tolls on the politics of Kwara State. Many of our people who before now lived in awe of the Saraki political dynasty are breaking loose. The opposition to Saraki’s hold on the politics of Kwara State is growing by the day….

…rest of the post