- There was a battle of words between the Senate president Bukola Saraki and the Kaduna state governor, Nasir El-Rufai, on Thursday, August 9
- Governor El-Rufai, in a statement, accused Saraki of leading the worst Senate ever in the history of Nigeria
- In his reply to El-Rufai, the Senate president, among other things, said that the governor is divisive in nature
Governor Nasir El-Rufai of Kaduna state has termed the Bukola Saraki-led Senate as the worst ever in the history of Nigeria.
El-Rufai made this comment on Thursday, August 9, in the state as aired by several local radio stations in Kaduna and some other online media outfits, The Cable reports.
The Kaduna state governor faulted Saraki for enumerating some members of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) among those who defected to the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) on Tuesday, August 7, adding that lawmakers who defected rode on the back of President Muhammadu Buhari to get elected to their present offices.
Nasir el-Rufai said: “We have never had a bad senate leadership like this one by Bukola Saraki. Some people whose names were mentioned among those who defected said they never authorised it.
“We know those who cannot win elections in their homes. Many of them found themselves in the National Assembly by riding on the back of Buhari.
“Some of them won the elections because the presidential and parliamentary elections held on the same day.”
In reaction to the governor's statements, Saraki slammed el-Rufai, saying he as the Senate president could not have announced the name of any defector if they did not sign the letter communicating their defection to the PDP.
Through his special Adviser on media and publicity, Yusuph Olaniyonu, Saraki said: “El-Rufai is a known careless talker. He is a man suffering from diarrhoea of the mouth. You (one of our correspondents) report the National Assembly on a daily basis.
"Is it possible for the name of a senator to be announced as having defected without him or her signing the letter communicating same to the Senate President?”
“We challenge el-Rufai to mention the name of any senator whose name was announced without his or her consent. He (el-Rufai) is a divisive element, an expert hero worshipper and noisemaker.
“He worshipped (former President Olusegun) Obasanjo once the way he is now worshipping (President Muhammadu) Buhari, and now he is on the forefront of abusing the former President. It will soon be the turn of Buhari to be rubbished by el-Rufai. He did the same to ex-Vice President Atiku (Abubakar).”
Meanwhile, NAIJ.com reported that the national leader of the APC, Asiwaju Bola Tinubu's alleged continued silence on the gale of defections rocking the party was reportedly causing disquiet in the presidency, especially among loyalists of the president.
NAIJ.com gathered that some of the presidency's sources, said that loyalists of President Buhari were unhappy that Tinubu, who was appointed to head the party’s reconciliation team, had not uttered a word since the defections began.
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