Senator Bukola Saraki, the Senate President, has expressed surprise that Bola Ahmed Tinubu, the National Leader of the All Progressives Congress (APC) could be preaching to Nigerians on the issue of morality and corruption.
The Senate President said this in a statement issued by Yusuph Olaniyonu, his media aide, on Monday in reaction to comments made by Tinubu at the APC presidential campaign rally in Ilorin, the Kwara State capital.
Tinubu had at the APC rally accused Senator Saraki of allegedly underdeveloping Kwara State and identified with the slogan “O to ge”, the APC campaign in the state.
But in his reaction, Senator Saraki accused the APC of coming to Kwara, his home state, and throwing abuses at him rather than spill out the specifics of how the ruling party would achieve their electoral promises.
He claimed that Kwarans were tired of the APC, adding that they had provided any dividends of democracy to the state in its three and half year rule.
The statement read: “They came to Kwara State to hurl insults at me and my people, instead of explaining to the people what they want to do differently and what contributions their flagbearers and other leaders in the State have made to our various communities to justify the people shifting their loyalty to their dying party.
“They promised nothing concrete that will improve the standard of living of the people and provide infrastructure. They have only come to Kwara to vindicate my position that they have no good plans for Kwara State and its people. It is obvious that the APC have nothing to offer Kwarans.
“They represent nothing good for our people. My problem with them has always been that after we worked with our people to support them to win in 2015, they refused to work on infrastructure and other policy issues that can bring direct benefit to our people.”
The Senate President said he was not surprised by the utterances of Tinubu about his personality, claiming that the APC leader was still incensed over his (Saraki’s) opposition to a Muslim-Muslim presidential ticket of the ruling party in 2015.
Senator Saraki also claimed that despite Tinubu’s negative assessment on President Muhammadu Buhari, the former Lagos State governor is still the president to continue to govern due to selfish interest.
“As for Tinubu, we have never expected any good words from him. All his life, he will continue to belly ache and nurse grudges over my opposition to the Muslim-Muslim ticket idea in 2015.
“As far as he is concerned, I stopped him from realizing his ambition then. However, I believe my action then and now is in pursuit of national interest. Again, I supported President Buhari in 2015 because I believe he could make a positive change. I left the party when I realized he lacked the capacity and the desire to make any change.
“Tinubu on his own part said though he agreed with me about my assessment of the man, he would continue to support Buhari even if the man had to govern from the hospital stretcher because that is the way he (Tinubu) could become the President in 2023. So, while my position is premised on national interest, Tinubu’s is based on his personal interest and ambition.
“Now that Tinubu’s new speciality is to hurl insults at people like former President Olusegun Obasanjo and former Vice President Atiku Abubakar, focusing on me today is okay if it will help him feel good. It is surprising that a man like Tinubu will be talking about morality and corruption,” the statement read.
Claiming that the APC National Leader is disliked both nationally and internationally, Senator Saraki said he was “not ready to roll in the gutter with him (Tinubu).”
He added that the Kwara people would shock Tinubu and the APC and punish for their bad treatment of the state at the polls on Saturday.