- Some PDP senators have accused APC of harrasing Senate president Bukola Saraki
- The senators alleged that the ruling party has blamed Saraki for everything wrong with it
Senator Isah Misau, representing Bauchi central senatorial district, and Senator Rafiu Ibrahim, representing Kwara south, have accused the ruling party, the All Progressives Congress (APC), of harassing Senate president Bukola Saraki.
The two senators of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) claimed that the ruling party has harassed Saraki for the last three years and blamed him for everything wrong with the APC government.
The two senators said: “APC leaders are being clever by half. They have spent most of the last 38 months harassing Saraki and sponsoring media attacks against him. Now that the man has been vindicated by the courts and he has decided to leave their party, they have devised another propaganda stunt to start heaping the blames of their failure to bring positive change to Nigeria on Saraki.
“For three years of the APC administration, former President Goodluck Jonathan was the scapegoat they blamed. Now that it dawned on them that nobody is listening to that tale by moonlight again, their propaganda machinery has shifted focus to Saraki as the new man to blame. These are characters who cannot take responsibility for their inability to provide good governance as they promised.
“Must these people blame somebody all the time? Were they elected to bring in positive change or to shift blames? It is irresponsible for people invested with popular mandate to always look for somebody to be held responsible for their failure to fulfill their promises and give expression to the mandate they were given.
“Instead of concentrating on how to use the next six months before the general elections to hasten the completion of infrastructure projects, enunciation of policies and initiation of programmes, which can improve the standard of living of the people and ameliorate the consistent failure of the last three years, the APC is now led by demagogues, who seem not to care if they bring the entire country down.
“The new leadership of the APC has continued to advertise the inability of the party to manage victory, their penchant for violence as a way of saving their faces and their lack of the much needed temperament to wield together a country with diverse culture, ethinicity and religion like Nigeria.
“When they continue to blame Saraki for their failure, was the man responsible for their failure to appoint ministers for the first five months of the administration when the economy was just straying without direction? Is he responsible for the constant de-marketing of the economy in international circles by the President of the country?
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"Is Saraki responsible for the refusal of the government to prosecute its members indicted of corrupt practices, thereby destroying its anti-corruption campaign? Is he responsible for the high level incompetence and lack of capacity which sign-post the activities of the government?
"Is Saraki responsible for condoning the inability of the security agencies to appropriately respond to the security challenges which are now pervasive across the country? Did Saraki set up the ‘government within government’ which has continued to ground the administration?
"We can go on and on to query the logic of this APC blame game. However, we need to warn them to stop this cheap antics and face the real task of governance. Nigerians did not elect them to be giving excuses.”
NAIJ.com earlier reported that the Presidency dismissed Senate president Bukola Saraki’s allegation that President Muhammadu Buhari was to blame for the delay in approving the supplementary budget for the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC).
Malam Garba Shehu, the senior special assistant to the president on media and publicity, who stated this in a statement in Abuja on Sunday, August 19, said on the contrary, the Saraki-led Senate should be solely held responsible for the delay.
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