By Omeiza Ajayi
ABUJA—National Chairman of All Progressives Congress, APC, Adams Oshiomhole, has asked the Senate President, Dr. Bukola Saraki, to prove his allegations of graft against him or risk legal action.
Saraki had, on the sideline of the sixth remembrance prayer for his late father, Dr. Olusola Saraki, in Ilorin, Kwara State, on Wednesday, told newsmen that Oshiomhole had no moral rights to talk about morality, in view of what he described as the controversial role the APC National Chairman played in APC’s primaries.
He was reacting to Oshiomhole’s call that he should exit his position as Senate President, since he had no moral grounds to remain in office.
Saraki had said: “That must be a joke. I think Oshiomhole has no locus standi to talk about morality today.
“He has been collecting dollars from candidates and he is being accused by his party’s aspirants and governors.
“I don’t think he has any moral grounds even to continue to be in politics, let alone being chairman of a party.”
However, Oshiomhole’s Chief Press Secretary, Simon Ebegbulem, in a response, said in a statement yesterday: “The unwarranted attack on the character of the National Chairman of All Progressives Congress, APC, Comrade Adams Oshiomhole, by the Senate President, Dr. Bukola Saraki, is pathetic and an irresponsible resort to petty politics.
“Saraki, a usurper and pretender to the position of Senate President has no moral grounds to call for the Oshiomhole’s resignation.
“It is sad that Saraki, who just woke up from slumber occasioned by his defeat at the Port Harcourt presidential primaries, could degenerate to such a low level.
“It is equally sad, but not unexpected, that Saraki, who is politically drowning, would make such libelous comments against the national chairman of APC. And I challenge Saraki to mention one name of an aspirant that gave money to the national chairman or we file a legal action against him.
“Whereas, the basis on which he made those comments was tenuous and unjustifiable, it is on record that Saraki had been in the eye of investigations by EFCC and ICPC for sundry cases of corruption.
“That is the same man that has taken it upon himself to question Comrade Oshiomhole’s credibility.”
It’s all empty boast—Saraki
Reacting, Senator Saraki, yesterday, described Oshiomhole’s threat to go to court as an empty boast, promising to meet him there.
In a statement by his Special Adviser, Media and Publicity, Yusuph Olaniyonu, Saraki also said: “Nigerians are waiting to see how President Muhammadu Buhari will handle the serious allegations against his party chairman.
“We expect the President, with his anti-corruption campaign, to institute thorough and transparent investigation into the allegations against his party chairman.
“The failure of the President to get to the root of the matter will finally destroy his ability and that of the party to continue to talk of any anti-graft battle.
“The President should let the investigation be thorough, open and transparent. This is no time for any cover-up.”