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CHAIRMAN, Senate Committee on Navy, Senator Isah Misau and his counterpart in the Committee on Banking, Insurance and Other Financial Institutions, Senator Rafiu Ibrahim have accused the All Progressives Congress, APC of not being fair to Nigerians by abandoning serious national issues for continuous attacks on the Senate President, Dr. Bukola Saraki, thereby making him an issue in the nation’s politics.

The two senators, in a joint statement issued yesterday and made available to journalists, wondered why the ruling party has continued to focus on one individual and making him the subject of all discussions instead of telling Nigerians what it has done in the last 38 months that it has been in power.

Misau (Bauchi Central) and Ibrahim (Kwara South) were part of the 14 senators elected on the platform of APC, but who defected to the People’s Democratic Party, PDP and the African Democratic Party, ADC on the floor of the Senate shortly before the commencement of the ongoing annual recess by the National Assembly.

They stated: “This is the first time in the history of the country that the ruling party will leave the issue of its achievements and start blaming its failure on just one individual, no matter who the individual is. It is also the first time a ruling party will plan to hoodwink Nigerians by saying everything wrong under its watch is due to the action and inaction of one man.

“APC has devoted all the time and knowledge of their national chairman, national leader, publicity Secretary, four senators and two presidential aides to the daily abuse of Saraki, such that it appears as if Saraki is the only politician in Nigeria today. They have made Saraki the issue in Nigerian politics today.

“If these individuals devote the energy they are exerting on Saraki to finding solutions to the security problem, economic crisis and collapse of infrastructure, among them, they will come out with some action plan, except they are only skillful in mischief making.

“We can see through this plot. The plan is to get Saraki so engrossed in the battle for survival in the Senate and the pummeling from the APC cabal such that he will have no time to pursue his aspiration for 2019. However, this is a short time strategy. It will not work. That is why the man remains unfazed by the antics.

“We are surprised that all the decisions that the Senate took as an institution is now blamed on Saraki. Are we also going to give the credit of all the achievements of the Senate to Saraki as well?

“The laws that have been signed by the  President and which led to the World Bank improving the rating of Nigeria in the Ease of Doing Business Report, the Petroleum Industry Governance Bills which broke the jinx of over 14 years on the law, the progressive constitution amendment bills, the five anti-corruption laws, and many others, as well as the fact that the 8th Senate has done better than the previous ones in terms of number of bills passed, the petitions successfully treated and the various interventions: will all these be credited to Saraki  and not the entire Senate?

“You blame a man for what an institution lawfully did. Is this not dishonest? Senate Leader, Ahmed Lawan who moved the motion for our adjournment till September 25 and the Minority Leader, Senator Godswill Akpabio who seconded the motion are in APC, yet they kept quiet when all the falsehood are being peddled now that Saraki ‘unilaterally and hurriedly adjourn the Senate’.

“These senators kept quiet about their roles simply because they want to be good boys. When the motion for adjournment was carried by voice vote, no dissenting voice was heard.

 

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