- Adams Oshiomhole says Bukola Saraki has never thought of national interests in his activities at the Senate
- Oshiomhole accuses Saraki of scuttling the administration of President Muhammadu Buhari
- The national chairman of APC alleges that Saraki is behind the late passage of the 2018 budget
The national chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Adams Oshiomhole, has accused the Senate president, Bukola Saraki, of leading the legislative chamber against national interest.
Oshiomhole said this in an interview published by The Guardian where he explained how Saraki allegedly dragged the government of President Muhammadu Buhari backward.
Among other things, Oshiomhole claimed that Saraki carried out all his activities with consideration for himself alone rather than the nation as he had often claimed.
Breaking his allegations down, Oshiomhole, a former governor of Edo state, said Saraki betrayed the APC by working with the opposition to ensure the emergence of Ike Ekweremadu as his deputy.
“Haven gone into this unholy alliance with the opposition and mortgaged the right of the ruling party, he proceeded to appoint opposition senators to head strategic committees whose activities can affect either for good or for bad, the workings of the government and relationship between the government and the legislature.
"So, like any other, the federal government under President Muhammadu Buhari and Nigerians expected that it would do everything possible this year to make up for lost time in terms of budget implementation and addressing critical infrastructures without which sustainable development is impossible.
“The Senate under Saraki chose instead to delay the budget up to the end of the first half of the year, to coincide with the period of the raining season such that those aspects of infrastructure such as roads, for example, cannot really be constructed during raining season.
“These were not errors of the head on the part of Senator Saraki’s leadership. They were clearly designed to frustrate the capacity of President Buhari’s government to address physical infrastructural deficit without which the ordinary man in the street cannot feel the impact of governance.
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"Again, I want to plead that I am not about to reveal anything,” Oshiomhole said alleging that the budget was practically re-written for the executive by the time Buhari received it.
He alleged that Saraki’s defection is illegal adding that the Senate president had a list of 36 defecting senators with him, but for the intervention and assurances from the APC just days before it would happen.
Legit.ng earlier reported that the speaker of the House of Representatives, Yakubu Dogara, reportedly withdre plans to defect to the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) from the All Progressives Congress (APC).
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