2019: Tinubu, Saraki’s humiliation will make Buhari’s re-election difficult – Shehu Sani


The Senator representing Kaduna Central, Shehu Sani has warned that the humiliation of the Senate President, Bukola Saraki, the All Progressives Congress, APC, national leader, Bola Tinubu, by the federal government, will make tough the re-election of President Muhammadu Buhari.

He stated that the ruling APC failed to accord Saraki and TInubu the respect they deserve for the contributions they made towards the 2015 victory of the present government.

Recall that Tinubu’s wife, Senator Oluremi had stated that her husband was “trashed” after APC won the 2015 elections, adding that the former Lagos governor was sidelined despite his efforts towards ensuring that APC won the polls.

Sani, in an interview with Saturday Sun, said, “I must be frank with you, Tinubu has endured a lot of humiliation under the present administration. He was never much consulted, never much recognised as somebody who sacrificed his energy, time and resources to bring the party to where it is.

“It is rather unfortunate that after the party won and the government established, some people started calling some people criminals, thieves and people of questionable character.

“The South-West political leaders who contributed to the victory of the party have been treated with disdain and contempt.  That is in inimical to the interest of the South-West.”

Continuing, the Kaduna lawmaker disclosed that other party leaders including the Senate President, Bukola Saraki, suffered a similar fate from name-callers, even as he claimed that the five former Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, governors who dumped their party to work for APC in 2015 have since been abandoned

“The five PDP governors who abandoned Jonathan and joined the APC have been despised and treated with contempt.”

This, he added, also affects other leaders and parts of the country whom he said also feel abandoned.

Going down memory lane, Sani blamed the development on lack of ideology on the part of the APC and the lackadaisical attitude of President Buhari. “The APC was not formed on ideology. It is only a convergence for people from different political backgrounds.

“The issue was how to seize the vehicle from PDP and after seizing the vehicle, the problem now became, the direction the vehicle will go. You can see the contradiction in the party which has cracked into a cold war, and sometimes, hot war” he stressed.

The rights activist, who further blamed Buhari, said: “The president has allowed the crisis to move from infancy to where it is now. Nobody could solve the crisis except the president because every body is a party to the crisis.”

According to him, the President preferred aligning with APC governors who he described as part of the crisis. He however expressed happiness that the Tinubu reconciliation committee  was already looking into the crisis with the aim of resolving it.

The Senator however warned that it will be a great disaster for Buhari to jettison the recommendations of the committee as the party needs healing ahead of the 2019 polls.

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