- Senate President Bukola Saraki has explained his absence at the Independence Day Parade
- According to Saraki, he was absent at the parade because he was out of Abuja attending important political assignments
The Senate president of Nigeria and presidential aspirant on the platform of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Bukola Saraki, has explained the reason he was absent at the Independence Day Parade in Abuja.
Saraki, in a statement released by his special adviser on media and publicity, Yusuph Olaniyonu, said he was out of Abuja as at the time of the parade, Vanguard reports.
Olaniyonu, in the statement, said: “The Senate President and a frontline presidential aspirant on the platform of the PDP is currently not in Abuja, he is at the moment in his home state, Kwara.
‘’The governorship primary is holding today (yesterday) in Kwara and he must be present and after that, he will be holding a meeting with Kogi State delegates to the PDP National Convention. These are two very important assignments that require his attention."
Meanwhile, Turaki Hassan, the spokesperson of the speaker of the House of Representatives, Yakubu Dogara, said he had no idea if his boss was invited to the event or why he was not present at the ceremony.
He said: “Actually, I am out of Abuja and I don’t know what is happening there."
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Legit.ng earlier reported that as part of Nigeria’s 58th Independence Anniversary, the Niger state governor, Alhaji Abubakar Sani-Bello on Monday, October 1, granted unconditional pardon to 287 prisoners.
Governor Sani -Bello who made this known in the anniversary, said the gesture is in spirit of the season and by the virtue of the powers vested in him by section 212 of the 1999 constitution(as amended).
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