The Senate President Bukola Saraki Sunday night October 11, 2015 responded to statements by the national leader of the APC, Bola Tinubu, describing him (Saraki) as a disloyal member of the ruling party, a regressive element deploying cunning tricks to divide and pit progressive against progressive.”
A late night statement signed by the Senate President, the Senate President declared, “Let me state clearly that I remain a committed member of the APC and will do all in my power to ensure the party fulfills its promise to bring positive changes into the country.”
Responding to Tinubu’s allegation that the way he (Saraki) captured his current seat was a travesty to party discipline, he said, “Since my election as Senate President, my focus and efforts have been devoted to doing the job that I was elected to do by my constituents and my colleagues in the Senate. Twice, my colleagues have confirmed their support for me as the primus inter pares in the Senate.”
He went further. “I saw the statement said to be issued by Senator Bola Ahmed Tinubu over a story published by The Sun newspapers. I have decided not to join issues with Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu. However, I know that most Nigerians are aware that there has been no meeting or communication between me and Asiwaju Tinubu since I was elected Senate President. Therefore, I do not see any basis for a newspaper to report that we are both plotting to oppose the President.”
Saraki declared, “Just like other people who contributed to the party’s success, Tinubu also made it possible for the first time in the history of our party for an opposition party to win the general elections.
Saraki was not done. “The victory was a collective effort. As I said in my speech when we resumed from our recess late September and in Ikenne yesterday, the screening of ministerial nominees will be handled by me and my colleagues with all sense of responsibility and in adherence to the provisions of the constitution. We will be fair to all and be guided by the interest of Nigeria.The screening will be devoid of sentiments and it is not an opportunity for anybody to settle scores. We are equally eager to make a positive difference in our polity and Nigerians will be able to judge whether we acted in their best interest or not.”