Senator Abdullahi Adamu has described Deputy Senate President Ike Ekweremadu as one of Senate President Bukola Saraki’s “errand boys”. Sen. Adamu made the comment in an interview he granted Daily Trust.
He implied Saraki operates a ‘principle of proxy’ by which he gets his ‘boys’ including Sen. Ekweremadu to do his ‘dirty work’ for him.
“… He(Saraki) is a kind of guy who is operating by proxy, principle of proxy.
“You know he has errand boys who take it upon themselves to do the hatchet man’s job.
“If there is anything that is going to happen and he feels it will be a bit hard to swallow, he will make sure he is not on the stage and he will have Ike Ekweremadu to do the dirty work for him”, Sen. Adamu said.
Senator Adamu had been having running battle with the leadership of the senate since opposing the reordering of the electoral timetable. His opposition reportedly led to his removal as leader of the Northern Senators’ Forum.
He also said he was disappointed on Saraki’s emergence as Senate President.
“Yes, I may not have supported Saraki’s emergence as the senate president because I wasn’t part of the circumstances that produced him; but in order to make for peace, I was talked to and we decided to let the sleeping dog lie”, he added.
The former Nasarawa governor explained that claims monkey ate up N70 million belonging to the NSF were made up to give him a bad name.
“In order to give a dog a bad name, they now went to say that they had N70m that I mismanaged or whatever. The NSF, to the best of my knowledge, has never had N70m, at least not during my tenure that they purported it was mismanaged. We inherited something in the region of N62m/N63m that was declared by the out gone secretary of the forum who happens to be the present Senate Leader, Ahmad Lawan. I didn’t touch one kobo until when we were going to Katsina for the NSF retreat. When we were going, we got the same guys to sign for the transport fares.
“Every senator that attended was paid N250, 000 as allowance for his two days and everyone also got N150, 000 for return ticket. They got these and they signed. The remaining money was returned to Abuja and was paid back into the account.
He said he is not concerned about any backlash his position on issues may have on him in the senate.