By Omeiza Ajayi
ABUJA— All Progressives Congress, APC, said, yesterday, that Senate President, Dr. Bukola Saraki, would not pass integrity test to contest the 2019 presidential election because of the litany of corruption allegations against him.
The party’s reaction came against the backdrop of reports that the Senate president was nursing presidential ambition in 2019.
Saraki had told Bloomberg, an international news organisation, in an interview that he would take a shot at the presidential election next year.
But the ruling party in a statement signed by the spokesman, Yekini Nabena, said: “Saraki’s declaration brings to the fore our earlier call to anti-graft agencies to check the use of stolen public funds to finance elections in this country.
‘’We reiterate our position that the Nigerian electorate must have the opportunity to choose from candidates that can pass the integrity and anti-corruption test.
“Let us refresh our memory on some of Saraki’s corruption allegations: Allegations of fraud, which led to the collapse of the Saraki family-owned Société Générale Bank.
“Misappropriation of Kwara State funds, disregard of government due process and conversion of state government assets into his and cronies when he served as two-term governor of Kwara State.
“History of betrayals, treachery and sabotage – family, political party (PDP, APC), Senate, government.
“Gluttonous property acquisitions and hidden multi-billion dollar assets spread across the world as disclosed by the Panama Papers revelations.
“The multi-million dollar white elephant Shonga Agricultural Project in Kwara State when Saraki served as two-term governor.
“Falsification of Senate standing order; Saraki’s link to the N298m armoured Range Rover SUV seized by Nigeria Customs Service.
“Saraki’s link to $19.5 billion Paris Club loan refund scandal; Oversaw budget padding in the National Assembly, among other numerous corruption scandals.”
APC said Nigerians should be wary of a man whose personal ambition would always supersede the interests of the majority and national interest as currently displayed in the National Assembly.