Saraki re­mains true to PDP ways, Tin­ubu says

Daily Trust - - FRONT PAGE - By Hamza Idris

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

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