By Tunde Oyekola
Leaders of the All Progressives Congress (APC) have been advised to stop blackmailing Senator Bukola Saraki on his election as the Senate President.
Addressing a Press Conference at the Charity Hall, Ilofa Road, Ilorin, the Leader of the Abubakar Bukola Saraki Forum and former Special Adviser on Political Matters to the State Governor, Alhaji Usman Bibire Ajape said the allegation made by the National Publicity Secretary of the Party, Alhaji Lai Muhammad against the Senate President is capable of destroying the image of the party in the country.
The Forum raised some posers that it said critics of the emergence of Saraki as Senate President needed to bear in mind. “It is bizarre to imagine that a people’s candidate will be suppressed for the wish of one man in the party. What then is the change we are talking about? Insinuation of Saraki and the Clerk of the House snubbing the President is only but wicked and perilous. The clerk of the House has a duty to perform to protect the NASS institution no matter the personality of people involved and this he did”.
“We are convinced”, he continued “that Senator Bukola Saraki did not snub the president or any party leadership. It was indeed inauguration time, not scheming time, even the president had sent a proclamation message that was read before the proceeding, why not those APC leaders have the acclaimed meeting overnight like the PDP”?
According to Alhaji Ajape, Senator Bukola Saraki has a good credential to Chair the Senate having served as a Special Assistant to President Olusegun Obasanjo and a two-term Governor of Kwara State.
The Forum commended President Muhammadu Buhari for holding true to his words of non interference with the politics of the national Assembly.
He saluted the courage of the eighth National Assembly members for the maturity displayed in electing a leader they believed in irrespective of party affiliation.
Alhaji Ajape advised the 51 lawmakers from the party who accidentally missed the election to give full support and cooperation to Senator Saraki with a view to ensuring that the Party fulfill its promises to Nigerians.