Senate President Bukola Saraki has taken on the leadership of the All Progressives Congress (APC), President Muhammadu Buhari’s party that is battling to retain power beyond this 2019.
Saraki says his problem with the former Lagos State Governor, Bola Tinubu and the factional National Chairman of the APC, Adams Oshiomhole, ‘’has always been that after we worked with our people to support them to win in 2015, they refused to work on infrastructure and other policy issues that can bring direct benefit to our people.’’
APC on Monday took Kwara State, Saraki’s home state state, by storm, urging the electorate to liberate themselves from the continued bondage of the senate president by voting massively for all APC candidates.
The political attack on Saraki by the APC chieftains does not seem to be going down well with the number three citizen of Nigeria. Firing back at his political foes, he said ‘’they have only come to Kwara to vindicate my position that they have no good plans for Kwara State and its people. It is obvious that the APC have nothing to offer Kwarans. They represent nothing good for our people.
‘’They came to Kwara State to hurl insults at me and my people, instead of explaining to the people what they want to do differently and what contributions their flag-bearers and other leaders in the state have made to our various communities to justify the people shifting their loyalty to their dying party. They promised nothing concrete that will improve the standard of living of the people and provide infrastructure.
‘’However, let me make it clear that what Tinubu and his putative party chairman, Oshiomhole did was to insult the people of Kwara who are independent minded, forward looking, assertive and God-fearing.
‘’On Saturday, the APC will be punished for their bad behaviour. Kwarans will tell them that they cannot take dictates from power mongers, pretenders and hypocrites. The people of Kwara will never take dictates from selfish individuals. Their evil design will be thwarted on Saturday and on March 2.’’.
In a hot statement, the hard-fighting Saraki disclosed that Tinubu once told him that he (Tinubu) was only supporting President Buhari to enable him realise his own secret ambition of becoming president in 2023.
‘’I supported President Buhari in 2015 because I believe he could make a positive change. I left the party when I realised he lacked the capacity and the desire to make any change. But Tinubu on his own part said though he agreed with me about my assessment of the man, he would continue to support Buhari even if the man had to govern from the hospital stretcher because that is the way he (Tinubu) could become the president in 2023. So, while my position is premised on national interest, Tinubu’s is based on his personal interest and ambition.’’
Shelling on, Saraki said ‘’all his life, he will continue to belly ache and nurse grudges over my opposition to the Muslim-Muslim ticket idea in 2015. As far as he is concerned, I stopped him from realising his ambition then. However, I believe my action then and now is in pursuit of national interest.
‘’It is surprising that a man like Tinubu will be talking about morality and corruption. This is a man whose disrepute is known both within and outside Nigeria. This is somebody who personifies everything that is wrong with the Nigerian system.
‘’Well, I am not ready to roll in the gutter with him. Unlike them, I will stay on the issues that are germane to national development and the welfare of our people.’’