Saraki Unfit To Lead Senate, Says APC; Senate President Hits Back


The All Progressives Congress, APC, has declared that Bukola Saraki is "not a fit and proper person" to lead the Eighth Senate as its President as well as the Chairman of the National Assembly.

In a terse statement issued on Thursday by Yekini Nabena, its acting National Publicity Secretary, in Abuja, the APC said Saraki has been a "dismal failure" as the head of the parliament's upper chamber and must be immediately relegated to the back seat.

The APC statement was in reaction to the world press conference held by the Senate President on Wednesday at the National Assembly complex.

The statement read, “The Senate must do everything possible to put 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.

The ruling party also branded Saraki as a "traitor" as he allegedly connived with the opposition Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, to install a Senate leadership that was against the wishes of the party and the Senate.

It wondered why Saraki still had the "impudence to present himself as the Senate President" having defected to the minority party in the upper chamber.

The party questioned the integrity and leadership skills of the Saraki, noting that he had been embroiled in a number of cases, which according to them desecrated the sanity of the Senate.

The different cases, the party claimed, has made him "the worst Senate President" the country has ever had.

“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", the statement read.

The statement added that it was not surprised by Saraki's "greed" and "treacherous" defection to the PDP, recalling that previous happenings in the past had shown how he allegedly betrayed his father, the late Olusola, and his sister, Gbemisola.

The APC labelled Saraki as "definitely not our good example for political leadership" and implored him to be nobler in his art of politics.

“One is of course not surprised as Saraki’s greed, selfishness, treachery, disregard for protocol and constituted authority is well-reported.

“In terms of treachery, Dr Saraki’s public humiliation of his late father and sister comes readily to mind; a traitor will always be a traitor, however the time and place.

The ruling party mocked the Senate President by demanding to know when he would cross carpet to another party because he purportedly pursues only his personal interest.

"The question is not IF he will defect again from PDP if Bukola Saraki’s interest is not served, but WHEN he will do so. Such mean men are not interested in the Nigeria of our dreams.

Meanwhile, Saraki, in his reaction to the party's statement, hit back at the party, saying that the party has not recovered from the alleged attempt to impeach him on Tuesday.

According to a statement by Yusuph Olaniyonu, his spokesman, Saraki said, “We can’t descend into the gutter with these characters."

Saraki's comments at the world press conference and the APC's statement comes in the wake of the blockade of the National Assembly by operatives of the Department of State Services, DSS, on Tuesday.

Federal lawmakers on the platform of the PDP had alleged that the APC wanted to use the entrance restriction to forcefully facilitate the impeachment of Saraki as the Senate President.


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