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Leader of the All Progressive Congress (APC) Asiwaju Bola Tinubu / AFP PHOTO / STEFAN HEUNIS

All Progressives Congress (APC) National Leader, Asiwaju Bola Tinubu, yesterday gave an insight into the recent defections of the Senate President, Bukola Saraki, Sokoto State Governor Aminu Waziri Tambuwal and others.

In a statement yesterday, the former Lagos State governor said the defectors wanted automatic tickets and sharing of the national wealth, which the ruling party could not guarantee.

In the statement which he personally signed and entitled, “They Go Away Because We Go the Right Way”, Tinubu stated: “The defectors left the party to return to a motley agglomeration that would promise them what true democracy could not: automatic tickets, sharing of the national wealth and other offices and privileges.”

He urged the people to look beyond the numerical debate in the National Assembly, stating: “We must pull back from the shallow headlines to recognise that something fundamental is at stake.

“Nigeria is undergoing a historic transition. Sometimes, awkwardly, tentatively, yet inexorably, we nurture political and governance reform. We steadily close the door on the old malpractices that have caused a rich nation to reside in the tenement of the global poor.”

On the Sokoto governor’s defection, the APC leader said: “Governor Tambuwal’s exit can be distilled to one cause. He covets the presidency. However, he had not the stomach to challenge President Buhari in a primary. Tambuwal felt further insulted that he would be compelled to face a direct primary just to retain the governorship nomination.

“But for the promise made by PDP headliners like Rivers State Governor Wike that he would have the PDP presidential nomination, Tambuwal would not have left. His exit had nothing to do with governance of the nation. It was about forging a personal ambition predicated on the defeat of progressive reform not the advancement of it.”

On Saraki, he noted: “Much the same for Senate President Saraki. Returning to the PDP, he harbours dreams of the presidency but Tambuwal’s ambition will dwarf Saraki’s when the two collide. If Saraki had remained in the APC, he would be unable to reclaim his Senate seat let alone the Senate presidency.”

He thus bolted because he lusts for the presidency but was promised by the PDP, at least, a return to his position in the Senate.”

Tinubu continued: “For Saraki to talk about lack of governance is for him to deny who he is and the position he holds. This man stands as Nigeria’s Number 3 citizen. Clothed is he in ample power and influence. If he saw areas where government and the nation needed help, he could have easily applied his energies to these areas. He could have drafted legislation and easily got laws passed.

“However, no progressive enactment bears his name for he cared not for progress. He has been more focused on changing the rules of the Senate to favour himself and changing the order of elections so as to coincide with his selfish designs.”



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