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9th Assembly: APC will be punished again if, Saraki warns

…Asks Tinubu to leave him out of 2023 schemes, manipulations

Senate President, Dr. Bukola Saraki, yesterday declared that the ruling All Progressives Congress, APC and its leaders would fail in installing the leadership of 9th National Assembly -Senate and House of Representatives again if it attempts to repeat the mistakes of 2015.

This is even as he asked the national leader of APC, Asiwaju Bola Tinubu to leave him out of his schemes and manipulations towards 2023 Presidential election.

Saraki, in a statement by his Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Alhaji Yusuph Olaniyonu, took on Tinubu over his “quarterly vicious attack” on him and the 8th Senate, especially on the delay in passing and alleged padding of the 2018 budget, contest for leadership positions of 9th National Assembly and alleged stymied APC legislative initiatives in the upper legislative chamber, among others.

Our correspondent recalled that Tinubu had on Sunday issued a statement in which he made comments on series of national issues.

Responding, Saraki noted that Tinubu and his mob have been sponsoring the narratives in the media that the emergence of the present leadership of the National Assembly was a mistake.

He submitted that himself and other leaders of the National Assembly were democratically elected by their colleagues, pointing out that “it is because they are the choice of their colleagues that they have remained in office for the past 46 months, despite all the plots hatched by anti-democratic, reactionary and fascist elements pretending to be ‘progressives’.

“In fact, Tinubu should know that if there was any mistake made on June 9, 2015, it was the miscalculation by himself and his small cabal in the APC who felt they could decide for the Senators-elect and House of Representatives Members-elect. When they failed after their grand-standing that they could always get whatever they desired, they resorted to undermining the institution of the legislature and waging a campaign of calumny against the law making body.

“It is now clear that those who took Senators away from the chambers contrary to the directive contained in the proclamation signed by President Muhammadu Buhari on June 9, 2015 are ‘mistake personified’.

“It is obvious that if they repeat that arrogance during the inauguration of the Ninth National Assembly, they will fail again because Nigeria is greater than them. The institution of the legislature is bigger than the over-bloated egos of these power mongers and dirty schemers”, he stressed.

Saraki said in the statement by Tinubu, one could see the master of media spins getting ensnared in his own game as he struggled to extricate himself from the narratives about the contest for leadership positions in the 9th National Assembly.

On the allegation that the national budgets were delayed, distorted, padded, new projects introduced, funds for projects reduced, “to halt progress of government”, he “it is unfortunate that a man like Tinubu who had been in the Senate (though for 22 months and under a military regime) should not have a better understanding of how the legislature works”.

As a leader of the 8th National Assembly, Saraki said he’s proud that under his watch, the Senate has surpassed the records of all previous Senate in the number of bills passed, the significance of these bills to the revival of the economy, the fight against insecurity and corruption, improvement in the provision of health service and the education sector, as well as better social service delivery to the generality of the people.

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