- Senator Bukola Saraki has reacted to report of Senator Adamu criticising his leadership style
- Saraki said he had refrained from responding to Adamu's constant media attack on him and the Senate out of respect for his age, but it seems he has misread his maturity and respect for docility
- He described Adamu as a deceptive, manipulative and desperate liar who only says what suits him as the occasion demands
Senate president Bukola Saraki has lashed out at Senator Abdullahi Adamu for his comment condemning his leadership of the Senate.
In a statement on Monday, July 30, Saraki said Adamu’s statement that he called Senator Dino Melaye was false saying he could never have said such and that Melaye has actually outperformed Adamu.
Saraki described Adamu as a liar who had in the past said wrong things about President Muhammadu Buhari.
He said: “Knowing that from available records, Senator Melaye has so far outshined and has performed better than Senator Abdullahi in terms of the number of bills sponsored, motion raised and contributions to debate on the floor.”
“Clearly, Adamu’s seven years cannot be compared to Senator Melaye’s three years. Senator Adamu is free to challenge this assertion by showing his records.
“I have deliberately ignored the antics of Senator Abdullahi Adamu, especially his constant media attack on me and the Senate since the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) dusted his file on alleged case of corruption and also went ahead to arraign his son in court. So far, I had refrained from responding in kind out of respect for his age.
“However, it seems he has misread my maturity and respect for docility. He feels the best way to play his self-survival game and ingratiate himself to the government in order to save his skin is for him to be seen to be fighting Saraki, even if that would require him to tell brazen lies and peddle mischief in his old age.
“Again, I restate that Senator Adamu is a deceptive, manipulative and desperate liar. He only says what suits him as the occasion demands. I urge people to check his contributions on the floor before the EFCC moved against him and his son and they will see that this is a latter day, selfish supporter of President Muhammadu Buhari.
“We know what he was saying about the President and his administration and what should happen in 2019 before then during discussions with our colleagues, particularly the former governors in the Senate. I specifically recall some statements he made on the President and his administration during an official trip we made together to Morocco in March last year. At the appropriate time, we will give more details."
Saraki wondered why Adamu was just noting after three years that the leadership of the Senate was bad.
He said: “Well, since Senator Abdullahi Adamu became the attack dog of the executive in the Senate, using language unbecoming of a man of his age against me and other colleagues who he perceived he needs to disparage to reassure his handlers in the Presidency, I have realised that he simply deserve our sympathies. I am sure those he thinks he is working for know he is a man who is only useful for the present moment.”
Meanwhile, Senator Abdullahi Adamu has said that his colleagues who defected from the All Progressives Congress (APC) to the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) have committed political blunders which will be the biggest mistakes of their lives.
In an interview with Daily Trust, the lawmaker representing Nasarawa West Senatorial District said some of them have never really been in the PDP.
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