It is no longer news that Senate President, Dr Bukola Saraki was defeated in Saturday’s National Assembly polls and will not be representing Kwara Central senatorial Seat at the Upper Chamber.
Saraki lost to Dr Ibrahim Yahaya Oloriegbe, also a medical doctor in what has been termed a landslide victo ry.He polled 123,808 votes to defeat Saraki who had 68,994 votes with a glaring margin of 54,814.
Here are things to know about him
1. Oloriegbe was born in Ilorin by parents with Ilorin pedigree and was nurtured through Quranic, primary and secondary education
2. He attended Ahmadu Bello University in Zaria, where he studied medicine and has had a wide practice both locally and internationally.He also has over 30 years experience in both the private and public sector as a medical professional, Politician and a Humanitarian.
3. In 1999, he was elected a member of the Kwara house of assembly under the All Nigeria Peoples Party (ANPP). He held sway as majority leader, Chairman House Committee on Health and House Committee on Local Government till he left in 2003.
4.Oloriegbe, was a member of the Action Congress of Nigeria(ACN) when he ran against Saraki in 2011 for the Senate seat.Oloriegbe believed he was robbed by the court, against ‘the wishes of many Kwarans” as Saraki’s victory was believed to have been influenced by his incumbency power as then governor.
5.At a press conference in Lagos earlier this year, Oloriegbe vowed that he would defeat the Saraki and “retire” him in the election. He had lamented that Kwara was not well represented at the national assembly and that this, among reasons, informed his decision to vie for a seat at the legislative chamber.
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