Tinubu Vows Never to Recognise Saraki as Senate President, Obasanjo Laughs him off
Bola Ahmed Tinubu, the jagaban of the All Progressives Congress (APC), has voiced his animosity towards the emergence of Senator Bukola Saraki as Senate President in negation to the mandate of the party which was reflected at the mock elections that the party held. He describes the Tuesday Senate presidential elections as a ‘Kangaroo’ arrangement and vows not to be a part of such.
Speaking at the Party secretariat, Tinubu stated categorically that as far as he was concerned, Saraki’s emergence did not reflect the mandate of the APC party. He insisted that the already sworn in Senator deliberately defied a party he had sworn his allegiance to just for his personal interests.
“I will never recognize such a kangaroo arrangement that produced Bukola as the Senate President. Or how do you want me to recognise a man who deliberately defied his own party because of his personal interest? It is not done anywhere. Therefore, recognizing Bukola as the Senate President after all he had done to our party today, having gone against the wish and pattern of our great party, honestly will amount to endorsing impunity, and which you should all know I will not.”
He continued that for him to change his mind and recognise him as the SP, Saraki has to show his remorse for his actions of pride.
“For me to recognize Senator Bukola as the Senate President, he must show remorse for today’s action. He had earlier promised to defy the party and the deed has been done. You don’t do that in politics. Personal interest must not override that of the party that beget you. It’s a spoken and silent rule of the game, which all and sundry must abide with. I’m not God, but as far as this party is concerned, I’m a leader and I know what is good for the party at the appropriate time. Speaking now is not for the party, but for myself. I cannot recognize him,” he said.
Apparently, Tinubu’s wife shares his sentiments as she reportedly ignored the Senate President’s handshake during the swearing-in and only presented her certificate, unlike the other senators who presented their certificates and shook hands with the Senate Present Saraki.
Meanwhile, Chief Olusegun Obasanjo has rubbished Tinubu’s position as a non-issue. He asked: “How can Tinubu be speaking on the interest of the party as if he owns the party? Are the winners (Bukola Saraki and Yakubu Dogara) not APC members again? APC is not a personal property of anyone. The party belongs to everybody and belongs to no single person.”
He then urged President Muhammadu Buhari to ignore all the drama: “I will therefore urge the Mr. President to dwell little on the hot agitations of the aggrieved leaders and the Senators-elect. If APC as a political party is heading to court, fine. But we should know that no kind of intimacy can follow after leaving the court. And I believe you all know what that means in Yoruba culture and belief,” Obasanjo said.
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