… I won’t descend into gutter with APC — Saraki
By Omeiza Ajayi
ABUJA—All Progressives Congress, APC, has again restated its earlier declaration regarding the suitability of Senator Bukola Saraki to continue to preside over the affairs of the Senate, saying Saraki is not a good example for political leadership.
The party in a statement issued by its acting National Publicity Secretary, Yekini Nabena, yesterday, said: “A traitor will always be a traitor, however, the time and place. The Senate must do everything possible to put Dr. Saraki where he rightly belongs – the back seat.
‘’He is definitely not a fit and proper person to preside over the country’s upper and revered legislative house.”
In a sharp reaction, Saraki through his Special Adviser on Media, Yusuph Olaniyonu, said: “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.”
According to the ruling party, in every democratic country, the position of the Senate President is one of the highest political offices one can attain.
“It 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,’’ the party stated.
It said in terms of exemplary personage, the reverse was the case in respect of Dr. Saraki who had been a dismal failure and had been involved in one controversy or the other, including budget padding, filibustering, legislative rascality, sabotage of matters of national interest, among other, criminalities too numerous to mention.
The party stated: “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. All over the world, the leadership of the legislature is provided by the political party with the 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 trade off 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.”