Published On: Fri, Aug 10th, 2018

APC is yet to recover from failed ‘coup’, I can’t descend into the gutter with those who claim i am not fit because i defected – Saraki

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SENATE President, Dr. Bukola Saraki, yesterday tackled the leadership of the ruling, All Progressives Congress, APC over the claim that he was not fit to occupy the seat of the nation’s number three citizen, saying he can’t descend into the gutter with them.

 

This is even as he declared that the party is yet to recover from its failed ‘coup’ attempt of Tuesday in the upper legislative chamber.

 

Reacting to a statement signed by the Acting National Publicity Secretary of APC, Yekini Nabena, wherein Saraki was described as the worse senate president ever produced since the return of democracy in 1999, Saraki said the party’s leadership was nothing but made of funny characters.

 

The senate president, in a terse statement by his Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Yusuph Olaniyonu, said he can’t descend so low to the level of the party’s leadership.

 

“We can’t descend into the gutter with these characters. Apparently they have not recovered from the shock of their Tuesday’s failed attempt to subvert democracy”, he stated in the one-paragraph statement.

 

The APC had in a statement by its acting spokesman stated that the office of the senate president is “a position reserved for the best of the best, experienced and exemplary politicians who by their character and conduct in public offices, the younger generation look up to as role models” in every democratic dispensation.

 

“In terms of exemplary personage, the reverse is the case in respect of the current Senate President, Dr. Bukola Saraki who has been a dismal failure and has been involved in one controversy or the other – budget padding, filibustering, legislative rascality, sabotage of matters of national interest, among other criminalities too numerous to mention.

 

“Having suffered under the 16-year misrule of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Dr. Saraki will go down in our country’s history as the worst Senate President Nigeria has had the misfortune to have.

 

“Since his usurpation of the coveted seat, achieved through a wicked conspiracy with members of the opposition PDP, it has been from one controversy to another – the Code of Conduct trial for false declaration of assets; conspiracy with his deputy to fraudulently alter the rules of the Senate and links to the deadly armed robbers who wasted many lives in the Offa robbery attack. It is alleged that some of the robbery suspects were his political thugs used to rig elections; a common adage says: “Show me your friends and I will tell you who you are”.

 

“Dr. Saraki is definitely not our good example for political leadership”, the statement explained.

 

It added: “All over the world, the leadership of the legislature is provided by the political party with majority members. But Dr. Saraki would in the absence of many members of his former party, the All Progressives Congress (APC), connive and conspire with members of the opposition PDP to emerge Senate President, and in the process tradeoff the Deputy Senate President position to the opposition PDP – a political betrayal and treachery even the devil would be envious of.

 

“Even at this time he has defected to the opposition PDP, and with APC still in the majority in the Senate, Dr. Saraki still has the impudence to present himself as the Senate President. Political ambition should be made of nobler stuff”.

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