Saraki remains true to PDP ways, Tinubu says
Leader of the All Progressives Congress (APC) Asiwaju Bola Tinubu has debunked claims that he has conspired with the Senate President, Bukola Saraki, to frustrate President Muhammadu Buhari’s administration as reported by a national daily (not Daily Trust).
A statement by Tinubu’s Media Adviser/ Chief of Staff, Sunday Dare, said those peddling the story have descended to the lowest and darkest rungs of journalism ethics.
According to him, “Those who midwifed this garish tale gave birth not to truth but to lies intended to kill APC unity and to retard the Buhari administration’s strategic reform initiatives, as earlier outlined by our party manifesto.
“The idea of an alleged conspiracy between Tinubu and Saraki against the President is an execrable lie. Without any proof except the veil of innuendo and some hatemongers masquerading as presidency sources, the story proclaims that the government is surveilling Asiwaju Tinubu, because of his purported unhappiness about the ministerial list.
“For the record, the Buhari Presidency was brought to life by the votes of millions of Nigerians who desire change. Such a collective and historic achievement is not one that anyone who worked to bring it to life would easily seek to deconstruct.
“The alleged conspiracy is a figment. It takes at least two people to make a conspiracy. There has been no substantive communication between Asiwaju and Saraki since the latter decided to foul the integrity of the Senate and the party. To be truthful, I don’t think Saraki would care to hear what Asiwaju would have to say to him. He would admonish the senator to treat the nomination process with dispatch, justice, fairness, transparency, and most of all with the greatest patriotism.
“Given the exigencies of his position, President Buhari is placed in an unenviable position to some degree. The duties of his office give him no choice; necessity constrains him, requiring that he discourse with Senator Saraki. As party leader, Asiwaju is free of such constraints. On these matters, I know where Asiwaju Tinubu stands. He remains glued to the party decision that the manner by which Saraki captured his current seat travestied party discipline. It was a crass act of disloyalty showing that Saraki may have joined the APC on paper but has remained true to the malpractices and wrong aims of the reactionary PDP in his soul.
Dare added that, “If this nation is to have more than a fleeting chance of escaping the quagmire into which years of PDP misrule have taken us, we cannot allow these regressive elements to deploy their cunning tricks to divide and pit progressive against progressive.”
Asiwaju Bola Tinubu