President Muhammadu Buhari, in his interview with ARISE TV News, said Senate President Bukola Saraki almost divided the ruling All Progressives Congress with the way and manner in which he clinched the top position of Senate President.
Alluding to the deal struck by Saraki and the opposition Peoples Democratic Party (APC), Buhari observed that “one of the candidates went and got the support of the former ruling party, and he divided our party”.
That was why the party was not pleased about it. The party ran a primary and the one (Senator Ahmed Lawan) who was competing with Saraki won to become APC’s candidate in the Senate.
The President said Saraki’s action almost divided the APC because of his alliance with the PDP and then the emergence of a PDP Senator as the Deputy Senate President.
“But then Saraki did not agree with that; he virtually divided the party and he got the support of the PDP and he allowed a PDP Senator to become his deputy.”
However, Buhari was of the view that it was left to members of the National Assembly to sort out any division that has arisen following the election of Bukola Saraki, a former Kwara Governor as Senate president.
On the announcement of his cabinet, he wondered why people are so anxious about who will be his ministers.
“I don’t know why people are so anxious for the ministers. But eventually we will have them,” he said.
“The main reason is that I had a Transition Committee which I agreed with former President Goodluck Jonathan that the ministers of the outgone government should handover their notes and documents to this Transition Committee so that we could be prepared.
“The ministers knew that they were going but the technocrats, permanent secretaries and so on, knew they will remain. So if anything goes wrong, they will be invited to explain.
“Unfortunately, the outgone government did not cooperate, so what the committee did was to divide itself into about five sub-committees, and I (only) got the report I think three days ago.
“I was waiting for that report because I would like to know what positions there are in the government, especially in terms of the finance and petroleum portfolios. So I’m not in a hurry to get ministers,” he said.