Senate President, Bukola Saraki, has verbally battered the National Leader of the All Progressives Congress,APC, Asiwaju Bola Tinubu, saying he only supports President Muhammadu Buhari’s re-election bid with the hope of succeeding Buhari in 2023, notwithstanding once confessing that he was not satisfied with the president’s performance in office.
Mr. Saraki said this as a counter punch to an open letter written by Tinubu on Sunday, accusing him (Saraki) of being driven by selfish quest for power rather than good governance.
In a statement titled, ‘The Tinubu Rhetoric- My Response’, the Senate President revealed that when Tinubu was appointed the head of the APC’s reconciliation committee, he (Tinubu), reached out to him and admitted that he was also not satisfied with Buhari’s performance but he would remain in the party.
“However, during those meetings, the point of disagreement between me and him is that while I express my worry that there is nothing on ground to assure me that the administrative style and attitude would change in the next four years in a manner that will enable us deliver the positive changes we promised to our people, he (Tinubu) expressed a strong opinion that he would rather ‘support a Buhari on the hospital stretcher’ to get a second term because in 2023, power will shift to the South-west.
“This Tinubu viewpoint was not only expressed to me but to several of my colleagues; so much for acting in national interest.
“It is clear that while my own decision is based on protecting collective, national interest, Tinubu will rather live with the identified inadequacies in the government for the sake of fulfilling and preserving his presidential ambition in 2023. This new position of Tinubu has only demonstrated inconsistency, particularly when one reviews his antecedent over the years,” Saraki added.
Mr. Saraki stated that Tinubu was yet to forgive him for opposing his emergence of Buhari’s running mate in 2014.
He said, “Again, let me reiterate my position that my uncertain and complex relationship with Tinubu has been continually defined by the event of 2014 when myself and other leaders of the APC opposed the Muslim-Muslim ticket arrangement about to be foisted on the APC for the 2015 polls.
“It should be noted that he has not forgotten the fact that I took the bull by the horns and told him that in the interest of the country, he should accept the need for the party to present a balanced ticket for the 2015 general elections in terms of religion and geo-political zones. Since that time he has been very active, plotting at every point to undermine me, within and outside the National Assembly.”