The All Progressives Congress, APC, on Tuesday scorned the Senate President, Bukola Saraki, for coming third at the just-concluded Presidential Election Convention of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP.
Former vice president, Atiku Abubakar, won the presidential primaries with 1532 votes in Port Harcourt, the Rivers state capital. Saraki placed third with 317 votes, behind Aminu Tambuwal’s 693 votes who was the runner up.
Saraki was a chieftain of the ruling APC until 31 July, when he switched allegiance to his old party, the PDP, and later declared his intention to run for the presidency.
In its reaction, APC said the outcome was a befitting end to the ambition of a greedy, untrustworthy and double-dealing politician, stressing that PDP delegates have through their votes given clear indication that they are fed up with Saraki’s political style.
The APC spoke in a statement by its spokesman, Yekini Nabena on Tuesday, which read: “When a leader cannot be trusted, cannot be relied upon, and cannot keep agreements, the people take due cognizance and records of these actions and respond with their votes at the appropriate time.
“How will someone who emerged Senate President through conspiracy with members of the opposition Party and against the wishes and interests of his own party be trusted to be elected as the presidential candidate of a party? Even on his being elected to the position, did Saraki acquit himself creditably?
“Throughout Saraki’s tenure as Senate President, it has been one confrontation between the National Assembly leadership with the Executive or another.
“Confirmation of Executive nominees sent to the Senate for confirmation has been delayed unnecessarily, annual national budgets delayed. For instance, the supplementary budget of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) for the 2019 General Elections is continually delayed due to Saraki’s selfish political machinations.
“A selfish Saraki will rather than perform his constitutional legislative functions by ensuring timely consideration and passage of Executive bills, will rather sabotage the efforts of the Executive in furtherance of his treacherous politics.
“Having sabotaged the President Muhammadu Buhari government while in the APC, he later showed his true colours by formally joining the opposition PDP. The APC bade him goodbye as he returned to the looters club where he belongs.
“However, in doing so, Saraki must do the needful by giving up the Senate President position. He should be a distinguished Senator in name and in deed. He cannot continue to preside over the APC-dominated Senate as a member of the minority PDP.
“The delegates of the PDP have rejected Saraki as their presidential candidate. Let the Senators also do likewise by rejecting the greedy, deceitful and unreliable Senate President as their leader. A new President of the Senate, free from all allegations of criminality is needed now.”