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Lawmakers flay APC’s attacks on senate president Saraki

By Azimazi Momoh Jimoh and Adamu Abdullahi, Abuja
20 August 2018   |   4:17 am
Chairman, Senate Committee on Navy, Isah Hamma Misau, has advised the All Progressives Congress (APC)-led administration to stop blaming Senate President, Abubakar Bukola Saraki...

Senator Isa Hamma Misau

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Chairman, Senate Committee on Navy, Isah Hamma Misau, has advised the All Progressives Congress (APC)-led administration to stop blaming Senate President, Abubakar Bukola Saraki for its failure to fulfill electoral promises to Nigerians.

Also, Chairman, Committee on Banking, Finance and other Financial Institutions, Rafiu Adebayo Ibrahim, supported Misau’s argument, saying the APC should look beyond Saraki for solutions to the many challenges confronting the country.

In a statement yesterday, they noted that the APC leaders have continued to whine about what Saraki did or did not do to ensure that the Muhammadu Buhari government failed.

They argued that in doing so, the party failed to conjecture whether it was reasonable to believe that an individual who had been continuously assailed by the government would be in a position to ground the government.

“APC leaders are being clever by half. They have spent most of the last 38 months harassing Saraki and sponsoring media attacks against him.

“Now that the man has been vindicated in the courts and he has decided to leave the party, they have devised another propaganda stunt to start heaping the blame of their failure on him.

“For three years of the APC administration, it made former President Goodluck Jonathan the scapegoat. Now that it dawned on them that nobody was listening to that tale by moonlight again, their propaganda machinery has shifted focus to Saraki as the new man to blame.

“These are characters who cannot take responsibility for their inability to provide good governance as they promised,” the statement reads.

The lawmakers insisted that APC’s new leadership had continued to advertise its inability to manage victory through its penchant for violence as a way of saving their faces and their lack of adequate temperament to wield together a country with diverse culture, ethnicity and religion like Nigeria.

“If the best strategy the APC ideas team can come up with on how to pre-occupy Saraki and prevent him from rallying his fellow party members in the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) for victory in next year’s general election, as well as prevent him from pursuing his legitimate ambition in the 2019 elections, then they need to return to the drawing board,” the statement added.

Meanwhile, the PDP yesterday urged President Buhari to show integrity in the corruption fight by immediately investigating and prosecuting indicted persons in his government.

It challenged the President to allow investigations into the alleged stealing of billions of naira by his allies and party chieftains.

A statement by its national publicity secretary, Kola Ologbondiyan, said:
“President Buhari should immediately order the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) to commence investigation into allegations of corruption against the immediate past government in Edo State.”

The PDP further challenged the President to allow investigation into the alleged frittering of over N11tr in the petroleum sector under his direct supervision, N9tr illegal oil contract as detailed in the leaked presidency memo, N1.4tr subsidy regime and diversion of N1.1tr worth of crude oil using 18 companies linked to the Presidency and APC chiefs

“Since President Buhari came to office, he has not allowed investigation into the corrupt activities of people under his administration, instead he has been attracting all manner of corrupt persons to himself and giving them the perfume of sainthood, once they identify with the APC,” the statement added.