- Presidential spokesperson, Garba Shehu, condemns what he describes as Bukola Saraki's crude speeches against President Buhari
- He urges supporters of the president to always ignore the offensive speeches by the Senate president
- The minister of transportation, Rotimi Amaechi, is to announce other appointments into the Buhari campaign organisation
The presidency has described Senate president Bukola Saraki as a very dangerous person who can go any length to promote his personal interests.
Garba Shehu, the president’s senior special assistant on media and publicity made the statement in Abuja on Thursday, September 20, when reacting to Saraki's recent verbal attacks on President Muhammadu Buhari, the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports.
Saraki, who recently defected from the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) to the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), is one of the PDP presidential aspirants.
The presidential spokesperson condemned what he described as Saraki's crude speeches against the president.
He, therefore, enjoined all groups and supporters of President Muhammadu Buhari’s candidature in 2019 presidential election to always ignore the offensive speeches by the PDP aspirant.
He urged them to always put their points in more decent language and display maturity instead of joining issue with him.
The statement read: “The Presidency wishes to react the crude speeches hitting the news from Senator Bukola Saraki who recently joined the Peoples Democratic Party with the sole ambition of running as the president of Nigeria.
“In response to the condemnable and extremely derogatory speeches by the PDP aspirant, we urge all Buhari supporters to display restraint in language and conduct and to always put across their points of view in a decent language.
“Throughout his political career, Senator Saraki has shown that he is a very dangerous person who can go any length to promote his personal interests.
“The language of his campaign is such that cannot be used against a domestic help. Is he just knowing that the president lacked vision?
“This is someone that the Senator had worked with very closely for more than three years. Amazingly, he never said all that he is now saying against him.
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“Rather, his word for and on the President were always respectful and reassuring. That’s the man he called “My Father,” about him “there is no cause for alarm…a President who is healthy, witty and himself.” What then changed, all of a sudden?
“Is he saying these blatantly false and crude things against the President because he is gunning for the same office? Could it be that he is targeting President Buhari because the party he has just joined does not have any real issues to highlight?
“Be that as it may, our appeal to our supporters is to ignore Saraki and any such politicians bent on lowering the quality of political discourse. Let them drown in their own waters.’’
Meanwhile, President Muhammadu Buhari has approved the appointment of a campaign organisation for his reelection ahead of the 2019 presidential election.
Garba Shehu, the senior special assistant to the president on media and publicity in a statement on Thursday, September 20, disclosed that the president appointed the minister of transportation, Rotimi Amaechi, as the secretary/director general of his campaign team.
According to the statement, the minister will announce other appointments into the campaign structure as approved by the president.
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