Saraki to Tinubu: You personify Nigeria’s rot, unfit to preach morality

The Senate President, and Director General of the Presidential Campaign Organisation of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Dr. Bukola Saraki says that the former governor of Lagos State, Asiwaju Bola Tinubu personifies everything that is wrong in the Nigerian political system, so much so that hearing him preaching morality is like listening to the devil himself preaching goodness.
This was how he dismissed the outing of the National Leader of the All Progressives Congress (APC), who was in his domain with the National Chairman, Adams Oshiohmole, to campaign on Monday, leaving behind a lot of verbal assaults on him.
Tinubu and Oshiomhole had pointedly told the people of Kwara State, where Saraki hails, to use the opportunity of the forthcoming elections, especially Saturday’s where the Senate President, is recontesting his seat for the Senate, to free themselves from the stranglehold of the Saraki family.
But, in a quick riposte, the Senate President, who described the outing as an insult on the people of Kwara people, dismissed the attack on his person as an expression of their frustration over the imminent loss of their party in next Saturday election.
Conveying his position through his spokesman, Yusuph Olaniyonu, Saraki said both APC leaders were aware that their party would sure lose the presidential and National Assembly elections on February 16, 2019, the reason in their desperate mood they were only hurling abuses instead of discussing issues and telling the people what they would do for them.
The statement, read: “They came to Kwara State to hurl insults at me and my people, instead of explaining to the people what they want to do differently and what contributions their flagbearers and other leaders in the State have made to our various communities to justify the people shifting their loyalty to their dying party. 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.
“As for Tinubu, we have never expected any good words from him. All his life, he will continue to bellyache 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.
“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.”
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