Deputy national publicity secretary of the All Progressives Congress, Comrade Timi Frank has absolved the Senate president, Senator Bukola Saraki, of the leadership crisis in the National Assembly, insisting that he deserved commendation and not condemnation.
In a press statement, Frank expressed worry on why the blame game should continue even after the election.
He said it was time the party accepted the truth and set the records straight.
The deputy national publicity secretary pointed out that the failure of the leadership of the party to do the right thing was due to its vested interest in who emerged as leaders of the National Assembly.
Frank further wondered why the leadership of the party did not use the ample time it had to harmonise all interests and positions for the leadership of the National Assembly.
He maintained that the present spate of condemnations and accusing fingers should be directed at the leadership of the APC and their sponsors.
“Since the penultimate week’s election that saw the emergence of Senator Bukola Saraki and Hon. Yakubu Dogara as Senate president and House speaker respectively, the blame game in the party has continued unabated. Some members of the party have even blamed Senator Saraki for the ‎emergence of Senator Ike Ekweremadu of the opposition Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, as the deputy Senate president.
“While the leadership of the party had in excess of over two months to harmonise all interests and positions for the NASS leadership, it allowed vested interest, acrimony and bitter politicking to thrive, so much so that it embarrassingly allowed the squabble to play right into the very day of inauguration where the party got its first shock since taking over the reins of governance of our great country.
“As admitted by many Nigerians and indeed sincere party men and women, were it not for the acknowledged interest of Senator Saraki to become the Senate president and of course his presence that morning, the PDP on the day would have clearly and resoundingly won and claimed the Senate president’s seat. This is so as of the 59 senators present at the plenary session where the leadership of the Senate was elected, 49 of the members seated were of the PDP.
“What this meant was that were the PDP to have nominated any senator (even if for mischief purpose), that senator would have emerged Senate president if they voted en bloc. No amount of horse trading therefore, as is being heaped on Saraki, would have succeeded that day. This is reflected in the defeat of Senator Ali Ndume by Ekweremadu for the deputy Senate presidency’s seat right there at the floor of the Senate chambers that morning.
“Therefore, Senator Bukola Saraki should not be blamed for the travails of the APC as he saved the party on that fateful day. He indeed deserves commendation and not condemnation.”

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