Senate President Bukola Saraki has replied the APC National Leader Asiwaju Tinubu who lampooned him for allegedly being a disloyal member of the governing party and called him a PDP member in soul.
Saraki said he is a loyal APC member who has won the support of his colleagues in the Senate who had demonstrated confidence in him twice.
The Senate President was restrained in his statement refusing to attack or disparage Asiwaju Tinubu.
In a statement issued on Sunday night and signed by the Senate President, he said: “Let me state clearly that I remain a committed member of the APC and will do all in my power to ensure the party fulfill its promise to bringing positive changes into the country.”
Responding to Tinubu that the way he (Saraki) captured his current seat travestied 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.”
According to him, “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 said 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 said 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 provision of the constitution. We will be fair to all and be guided by the interest of Nigeria.”
“The screening will be devoid of sentiment and it is not an opportunity for anybody to settle scores. We are equally eager for us to make a positive difference in our polity and Nigerians will be able to judge us whether we acted in their best interest or not.”