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Oshiomhole has no moral ground to remain in politics, says Saraki

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Following the bribery allegations levelled against the National Chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Adams Oshiomhole, by his party’s aspirants and some governors, the Senate President, Dr. Bukola Saraki, has declared him as lacking moral ground to remain in politics.

Saraki, the national leader of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), described a statement credited to Oshiomhole asking him to resign his position as the Senate President on moral ground, as a joke.

The Senate president told journalists in Ilorin yesterday on the sidelines of the sixth remembrance prayer for his late father, Dr. Olusola Saraki, that Oshiomhole had no locus standi to talk about morality in today’s politics in Nigeria.

“That must be a joke coming from Oshiomhole talking about moral ground. I think Oshiomhole has no locus standi to talk about morality today. Oshiomhole is somebody who has been accused of collecting not even naira but dollars from candidates and he is being accused by his party’s aspirants and governors. I don’t think he has any moral ground, even to continue to be in politics, not to talk about being a chairman of a party. When the outcome of the Department of State Services (DSS) investigation is made public, we will know the extent of his (Oshiomhole) so-called integrity.

“I remember in those days, even Oyegun, they never accused him of something like this. I have left that party. I’m sure the president, based on integrity, knows the right thing to do. So, he cannot speak on moral ground,” Saraki maintained.

Also speaking on Saturday by-election in Irepodun /Ekiti /Oke Ero /Isin federal constituency, Saraki decried huge deployment of policemen and sudden change of divisional heads of police in four local government areas for the by-election.

His words: “You see, the mistake we sometimes make, we forget that Nigeria is a big nation in this global world, not only in the context of Africa. We provide leadership. An action that we take that tries to suggest that we are not civilised with the rule of law and processes doesn’t augur well with the image. Today, the president is the president of ECOWAS, likewise the chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) as chairman of electoral bodies in ECOWAS. It shows that we are a responsible country.

“So, when the Inspector General of Police (IG) begins to do things like this without following due process, it is not good for our country. And that is what we always stand for. All those who are supposed to caution him should ensure that due process is followed in a thing like this.

“We have been doing bye- election here, I have never seen where the Divisional Police Officers (DPOs) are being transferred. I have never seen where 200 or 300 security personnel are being deployed. It is not about Kwara, it is about the country.”

It is about how the world sees us. It is about how we provide leadership on the continent.”


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