- Senator Bukola Saraki said he was ready to debate the APC ahead of the 2019 election
- He said the APC is scared of the possibility of his emergence as PDP's presidential candidate
- The Senate president said unfortunately, the ruling party has no say in what happens in the PDP
Senate president Bukola Saraki has claimed that the All Progressives Congress is scared of his possible emergence as presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).
Vanguard reports that Saraki who recently left the APC for the PDP also challenged his former party to a national debate.
In a statement on Wednesday, September 5, by his spokesperson, Yusuph Olaniyonu, Saraki said the APC has no say in whether he emerges as PDP candidate or not.
His statement is coming following statement issued by APC spokesperson, Yekinni Nabena, that Saraki “has repeatedly displayed his character as extremely selfish, deceitful, untrustworthy and unreliable. His only goal is to get to the top, stay at the top, ruin or wreck whatever he finds there or in the event of failure, collapse the system or process.”
Saraki’s spokesperson said: “The Senate President will not be distracted by the antics of an upstart who lives in Abuja but waits to sign press statements composed for him from Lagos. When his masters show their face, we will debate all the issues they have raised and the ones they may wish to even concoct.
“Dr. Saraki does not have any credibility issues except the ones concocted by these putative demagogues to whom the Senate President has become a nightmare. One should ask, what is APC’s business with an aspirant of another party?
“The truth is APC is scared stiff of the possibility of a Saraki candidacy. Fortunately, they have no role in deciding that.
“Meanwhile, Mr. Yekinni Nabena should know by now that many people in the media believe he is a robot and has no face. Here is an opportunity for him to come out of his hiding and come on a national television to debate all the issues he has raised with one of the aides of the Senate President.
“We hope he will take up this challenge and stop behaving like a masquerade. He is free to choose any independent TV station of his choice.”
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Meanwhile, some aides to federal lawmakers have threatened to drag Senate president Bukola Saraki and clerk to the National Assembly (CNA), Mohammed Sani-Omolori, to the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) and other anti-graft agencies.
The Nation reports that the workers, under the aegis of National Assembly Legislative Aides Forum (NASSLAF), are protesting the confusion trailing the alleged non-payment of their entitlements totalling more than N4 billion, which include Duty Tour Allowance (DTA), 28% salary increment, among others.