- APC has mocked Senate president Bukola Saraki over his poor performance at just concluded PDP presidential primary
- Saraki contested to clinch PDP's ticket but he was beaten by former vice president Atiku Abubakar and the Sokoto state governor, Aminu Tambuwal
- The Senate president polled 317 votes to come third in the race
The All Progressives Congress (APC) has taunted Senate president Bukola Saraki over his dismal run for the presidency of Nigeria held on Saturday, October 6 at the Port Harcourt convention of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).
Legit.ng reports that Saraki was a member of the ruling APC, until July 31, when he switched allegiance to his old party, the PDP to run for the presidency.
The APC's spokesman, Yekini Nabena in a statement on Tuesday, October 9, described Saraki as “A rolling stone that gathers no moss” and asked him to vacate the Senate presidency honourably.
“He should be a distinguished senator in name and in deed. He cannot continue to preside over the APC-dominated Senate as a member of the minority PDP”, Nabena said.
The statement read: "The disappointing performance of Senator Bukola Saraki at the presidential election convention of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) is a befitting end to the ambition of a greedy, untrustworthy and double-dealing politician.
"With a miserly 317 votes, behind Aminu Tambuwal’s 693 votes and Atiku Abubakar’s 1532 votes, the PDP delegates have given clear indication that they are fed up with Saraki’s political style.
"When a leader cannot be trusted, cannot be relied upon, and cannot keep agreements, the people take due cognizance and records of these actions and respond with their votes at the appropriate time.
"How will someone who emerged Senate president through conspiracy with members of the opposition party and against the wishes and interests of his own party be trusted to be elected as the presidential candidate of a party? Even on his being elected to the position, did Saraki acquit himself creditably?
"Having sabotaged the President Muhammadu Buhari government while in the APC, he later showed his true colours by formally joining the opposition PDP. The APC bade him goodbye as he returned to the looters' club where he belongs.
"However, in doing so, Saraki must do the needful by giving up the Senate president position. He should be a distinguished senator in name and in deed. He cannot continue to preside over the APC-dominated Senate as a member of the minority PDP.
"Throughout Saraki’s tenure as Senate president, it has been one confrontation between the National Assembly leadership with the executive or another. Confirmation of executive nominees sent to the Senate for confirmation has been delayed unnecessarily, annual national budgets delayed.
"For instance, the supplementary budget of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) for the 2019 general elections is continually delayed due to Saraki’s selfish political machinations.
"A selfish Saraki will rather than perform his constitutional legislative functions by ensuring timely consideration and passage of executive bills, sabotage the efforts of the executive in furtherance of his treacherous politics.
"Having sabotaged the President Muhammadu Buhari government while in the APC, he later showed his true colours by formally joining the opposition PDP. The APC bade him goodbye as he returned to the looters club where he belongs.
"However, in doing so, Saraki must do the needful by giving up the Senate President position. He should be a distinguished Senator in name and in deed. He cannot continue to preside over the APC-dominated Senate as a member of the minority PDP.
"The delegates of the PDP have rejected Saraki as their presidential candidate. Let the senators also do likewise by rejecting the greedy, deceitful and unreliable Senate president as their leader. A new president of the Senate, free from all allegations of criminality is needed now.
Meanwhile, Legit.ng had previously reported that the newly elected presidential aspirant of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Atiku Abubakar, on Sunday, October 7, received series of congratulatory messages.
The messages were mainly from Nigerians, his co-aspirants and some other political bigwigs of the PDP.
Among those who congratulated Atiku included the Senate president, Bukola Saraki, the governor of Gombe state and also an aspirant for the presidential ticket under the platform of the PDP, Ibrahim Dankwambo.
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