Monday, September 23, 2019

Pro-Saraki Senators to APC: Leave Saraki, Face Governance

Senate President, Bukola Saraki

Senators Isah Misau and Rafiu Ibrahim have reportedly called on the ruling All Progressive Congress (APC) and its leaders to stop the blame game, face governance and leave the Senate President, Bukola Saraki, alone.

Senators Isah Misau and Rafiu Ibrahim
                                                  Sen. Isah Misau and Rafiu Ibrahim

The Senators made the call in a joint statement signed in Abuja on Sunday.

In the statement, they urged the ruling party to stop seeking to find a whipping-boy in Saraki over its failure to fulfill the electoral promises made to Nigerians.

They opined that the APC ad its leaders have continued to whine about what Saraki did or did not do to ensure the Buhari government failed without caring whether it was reasonable to believe that an individual who had been continuously assailed by the government would at the same time be in a position to ground the government.

The statement read in part, “APC leaders are being clever by half. They have spent most of the last 38 months harassing Saraki and sponsoring media attacks against him.

“Now that the man has been vindicated by the courts and he has decided to leave their party, they have devised another propaganda stunt to start heaping the blames of their failure to bring positive change to Nigeria on Saraki.

“For three years of the APC administration, former President Goodluck Jonathan was the scapegoat they blamed. Now that it dawned on them that nobody is listening to that tale by moonlight again, their propaganda machinery has shifted focus to Saraki as the new man to blame. These are characters who cannot take responsibility for their inability to provide good governance as they promised.”

The senators stated that it was irresponsible for people invested with a popular mandate to always look for somebody to be held responsible for their failure to fulfill their promises and give expression to the mandate they were given.

They wondered why the APC-led administration would be dissipating energy on the blame game when it should be concentrating on how to use the next six months before the elections to improve the standard of living among Nigerians.

“The new leadership of the APC has continued to advertise the inability of the party to manage victory, their penchant for violence as a way of saving their faces and their lack of the much needed temperament to weld together a country with diverse culture, ethnicity and religion like Nigeria,” the statement added.

In another development, Senator Abdullahi Adamu from Nasarawa State on Sunday accused the Senate President, Bukola Saraki of “messing up” the allocation of the National Assembly. He therefore called on the appropriate authorities to conduct immediate investigations into the allocations of the National Assembly in the last couple of years.

Senators Abdullahi Adamu
                                  Senator Abdullahi Adamu

According to him, “I call for a forensic audit of the finances of the Parliament which has been thoroughly messed up (under) the President of the Senate Dr Bukola Saraki who is the Chairman of the National Assembly.”

“He has lost the respect and confidence of majority of senators and well-meaning Nigerians, but he’s just latching on to that seat (of Senate President) because of the privileges he enjoys.

“Ordinarily, Saraki needed not wait for any pressure to be mounted on him before he resigns from his position as Senate president.

“You can’t command any respect or assert your authority as a leader when majority of those you’re supposed to lead have lost confidence in you and are opposed to your leadership.

“So, if he’s a self-respecting person, he doesn’t even need anyone to ask that he should throw in the towel because he and his PDP have lost majority in the Senate,” he said.

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