Buhari blasts Oyegun over Saraki’s Senate Presidency

By Amako Nneji April 20, 2016 13:55

Buhari blasts Oyegun over Saraki’s Senate Presidency

The Kwara State chapter of the All Progressives Congress, APC, has on Wednesday, April 20, taken a swipe at the National Chairman of the party, John Oyegun over his recent statement on the Senate President, Bukola Saraki.

The Publicity Secretary of the party in the state, Alhaji Suleiman Buhari, speaking on behalf of the party said, “it was unfortunate that Oyegun opted to speak for a group of cabals, other than the party they represent.”

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The Publicity Secretary who stated in this in a statement made available to journalists, was responding to an interview exclusively conducted by Premium Times.

Oyegun was quoted to have said that, in an event where his party forfeits the exalted position of the Senate President to the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, that may be the sacrifice it would have to pay for Change.

“Well, I don’t think we will lose that position. But sometimes, for change to take place there is a price you have to pay. So losing the position (of Senate President) may be sacrifice for change,” Oyegun had said.

‎‎‎‎However, the state chapter of the party reacted by describing Oyegun’s outburst as “unfortunate, shocking and regrettable.”

Buhari added, that having waited ‎endlessly for him to deny the statement,” it is necessary to make the under-listed observations and declarations.

“If anyone is still in doubt about the propriety of our expressed opinion that the travails of the Senate President was orchestrated by some forces within the APC, recent outbursts by Mr Chairman has cleared such doubts.

“When Mr Chairman is expected to stand forthright and firm to protest the political persecution of his party member and leader of a critical arm of government, he portrays the image of an incompetent and unreliable leader. ‎

“Obviously, those reckless outbursts were either Mr Chairman’s personal ‎views or the agenda of the cabal he belongs. However, irrespective of what he says, Mr Chairman and his cabal can not play God on the fate of the Senate President.

“Even tough, it is needless to remind Mr Chairman the unquantifiable contributions of the Senate ‎President in the transmogrification of the APC from an opposition party to a ruling party, it is shocking and beyond imagination that a party chairman who is supposed to be father to all party members could make such reckless and divisive comments. ‎

“Therefore, we were spot on when we raised alarm that desperate politicians have hijacked the Code of Conduct Tribunal (CCT) and handed its controversial chairman, a pre-determined ‎verdict to deliver on the ongoing trial of the Senate President.” ‎

The statement added that Oyegun, “has failed to exonerate himself from this extra-judicial and evil plot, rather he has confirmed and vindicated our expressed opinion.”

According to Buhari, “We hereby restate our unconditional loyalty to the Senate President. ‎We are proud of the Senate President. We shall continue to stand by him. We shall continue to solidarise with him.

‎“Lastly, we maintain that ‎even though, a pattern of inconsistencies and unfairness have emerged in the ongoing trial of the Senate President, we believe if the trial is conducted fairly, ‎he would be vindicated at the end of the trial.”‎

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