The president of the Nigerian Senate, Dr. Bukola Saraki has flayed a former governor of Lagos state, Bola Tinubu over comments he made against him during the All Progressives Congress (APC), campaign in Ilorin, Kwara state.
Saraki in a statement issued by his Special Adviser (Media and Publicity), Yusuph Olaniyonu,said Tinubu is still bitter over his role in stopping him from becoming the Vice President in 2015. He said Tinubu’s support for President Muhammadu Buhari’s election was driven by selfish interests and not national interests.
The Senate president said Tinubu is a beneficiary of the maladies afflicting the nation and has no moral standing to sermonize about corruption.
“As for Tinubu, we have never expected any good words from him. All his life, he will continue to belly ache and nurse grudges over my opposition to the Muslim-Muslim ticket idea in 2015. As far as he is concerned, I stopped him from realizing his ambition then. However, I believe my action then and now is in pursuit of national interest. Again, I supported President Buhari in 2015 because I believe he could make a positive change. I left the party when I realized he lacked the capacity and the desire to make any change.
“Tinubu on his own part said though he agreed with me about my assessment of the man, he would continue to support Buhari even if the man had to govern from the hospital stretcher because that is the way he (Tinubu) could become the president in 2023. So, while my position is premised on national interest, Tinubu’s is based on his personal interest and ambition. Now that Tinubu’s new speciality is to hurl insults at people like former President Olusegun Obasanjo and former Vice President Atiku Abubakar, focusing on me today is okay if it will help him feel good.
“It is surprising that a man like Tinubu will be talking about morality and corruption. This is a man whose disrepute is known both within and outside Nigeria. This is somebody who personifies everything that is wrong with the Nigerian system. Well, I am not ready to roll in the gutter with him. Unlike them, I will stay on the issues that are germane to national development and the welfare of our people” Saraki said.
Saraki said he left the APC for the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) since the party cannot guarantee the development of Kwara state.
“They promised nothing concrete that will improve the standard of living of the people and provide infrastructure. They have only come to Kwara to vindicate my position that they have no good plans for Kwara State and its people. It is obvious that the APC has nothing to offer Kwarans. They represent nothing good for our people. My problem with them has always been that after we worked with our people to support them to win in 2015, they refused to work on infrastructure and other policy issues that can bring direct benefit to our people,” he stated.
The Senate president said APC leaders are scared of impending defeat in the general elections and hence resorted to insults since they have nothing to offer Kwarans.
“However, let me make it clear that what Tinubu and his putative party chairman, Oshiomhole did today is to insult the people of Kwara State who are independent minded, forward looking, assertive and God-fearing. On Saturday, the APC will be punished for their bad behaviour. Kwarans will tell them that they cannot take dictates from power mongers, pretenders and hypocrites. The people of Kwara State will never take dictates from selfish individuals. Their evil design will be thwarted on Saturday and March 2”, Saraki added.