- The APC says Senator Bukola Saraki’s 2019 presidential ambition is a huge joke
- The party also cast aspersions on Saraki’s two-term tenure as governor of Kwara state; referring to the Senate president as a failure
- In response, however, the Senate president berated the APC for its comments
Senate president Bukola Saraki’s presidential ambition has once again been lampooned by the All Progressives Congress (APC), which described it as a huge joke.
In a statement released by the APC’s national publicity secretary, Yekini Nabena, on Wednesday, September 5, the party stated that it was concerned about issues of integrity, competence and capability to preside over the affairs of the country, even as it acknowledged that it is the free right of any Nigerian citizen to aspire to become president, Punch reports.
NAIJ.com gathers that the ruling party also stated that it was aware of certain reports which said Saraki’s presidential declaration was part of a gimmick to divert attention from issues such as the pressure to reconvene the National Assembly.
The party also cast aspersions on Saraki’s two-term tenure as governor of Kwara state; referring to the Senate president as a failure.
The statement read in part: “By virtue of Saraki’s antecedents, he is an abysmal failure and is totally incompetent to offer himself as a candidate for the leadership of Nigeria.
“Saraki was a two-term governor of Kwara state and Senate president in the last three years. What were his performance records in these two assignments?
“As Kwara state governor, was his Shonga Agricultural Programme not a white elephant project in which hundreds of millions of state funds was sunk into?
“The infrastructure, particularly roads network in Kwara state in which the present administration remains under his tight grip and political machinations long after leaving office, remains deplorable while state resources are mismanaged through corrupt enrichment.”
In response, however, the Senate president berated the APC for its comments.
In a statement released by his special adviser on media and publicity, Saraki said he would not be distracted by such comments.
The statement read: “The Senate president will not be distracted by the antics of an upstart who lives in Abuja but waits to sign press statements composed for him from Lagos. When his masters show their face, we will debate all the issues they have raised and the ones they may wish to even concoct.”
Meanwhile, NAIJ.com previously reported that the All Progressives Congress listed some allegations against Saraki, saying that he would fail an integrity test to run for Nigeria’s presidency.
Saraki declared his intention to contest the 2019 presidential election on the platform of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).
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