- The Reformed All Progressives Congress has reacted to the alleged treatment of federal government to the Senate president Bukola Saraki
- Spokesman for the R-APC, Kassim Afegbua, said the Senate president is a strong political player
- Afegbua said Saraki was part of those who ensured that government came on stream in 2015
The spokesman for the Reformed All Progressives Congress (R-APC), Kassim Afegbua on Sunday, July 23, condemned the federal government over an alleged treatment of the Senate president, Bukola Saraki ahead of 2019 elections.
Channels TV reports that Afegbua regretted Saraki’s travails since his trial began at the Code of Conduct Tribunal that lasted for three years.
According to him, “Bukola Saraki, the Senate President is a strong political player. And he was part and parcel of those who ensured that this government came on stream in 2015.
“He was abandoned in the cold, he was criminalized, he was disgraced, he was ridiculed. In fact, they called him all manners of names. As soon as he got the verdict of the Supreme Court saying that his trial was no substance, he suddenly became a bride.”
Afegbua’s comments two weeks after the Supreme Court discharged him of the remaining three charges against him in the case of false declaration of assets.
Senator Saraki had filed an appeal at the apex court to challenge the ruling of the Court of Appeal which asked the Code of Conduct Tribunal (CCT) to try him on three of the 18 counts brought against him by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC).
But Afegbua criticised some people in the ruling party for being silent during Saraki’s travails only to reconcile him back into the party.
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He added: “All the present people who are going to meet him were all sitting down maintaining some conspiratorial silence at that period. They were waiting for the sledgehammer to fall on him.”
According to Afegbua, the ruling party has failed Nigerians in addressing killings in parts of the country and unemployment.
This is because the party swept to power in 2015 promising to fix the economy, address the insecurity challenges and provide jobs for the unemployed.
Meanwhile, NAIJ.com had reported that Bukola Saraki dismissed reports that he was offered juicy appointment ahead of 2019 elections by the Muhammadu Buhari's administration to convince him to stay put in the All Progressives Congress.
Saraki, in a statement signed by his Special Adviser (Media and Publicity), Yusuph Olaniyonu, on Sunday, July 22, said he is more focused on the future of Nigeria and does not require personal gains to serve the country.
He said: "I believe at this point, it is important for me to make some clarifications, end speculations and make my position clear.
"It is important for Nigerians to know that the discussions that I and many others of like minds are having with the Presidency and the leadership of APC is not about me and what I want. It involves the future of our country and her democracy. It is about making things better for our people.
"Though there are many speculations being peddled in the media, let it be known these discussions are not about me."
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