Adams Oshiomhole,former labour leader and the national Chairman of the All Progressives Congress, APC, has disclosed on Monday that theend has come for the political dynasty of the Senate President, Senator Bukola Saraki in Kwara politics.
He said this in Ilorin, the Kwara State capital, during President Muhammadu Buhari’s campaign rally.“For Bukola, it is finished. I cannot wait till Saturday for Kwara people to celebrate their new-found freedom,” Oshiomhole said.Meanwhile, President Buhari said all recovered loot will be reinvested in infrastructure.Buhari also promised that if re-elected, his administration would continue to bring those who abused trust before the law.“We are going to continue to take those who abused trust before the law; collect what they have stolen and reinvest them in infrastructure,” he said.
It will be recalled that the National Leader of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, and Director-General of Atiku Abubakar Presidential Campaign Organisation, Bukola Saraki, fired a salvo last year November when he said Oshiomhole had no moral basis to remain in politics after sundry allegations of impropriety raised against him by his party chieftains and governors.Saraki’s assertion was also echoed by the Atiku Campaign Organisation which, while sympathising with Oshiomhole over what it described as his recent experience in the hands of the Department of State Services, DSS, called on him to throw in the towel and join others that had allegedly deserted the party.
The Atiku Campaign also declared its readiness to teach the Buhari Campaign lessons in issue-based campaigns. The salvos were immediately thrown back by Buhari Campaign which alleged that Atiku had been surrounded by scammers, saying Buhari’s refusal to interfere with whatever issues were raised against Oshiomhole was another badge of credibility for his anti-corruption crusade.
This came as some protesters, yesterday, stormed the headquarters of the Independent Corrupt Practices and other related offences Commission, ICPC, in Abuja demanding an investigation into allegations of bribery levelled against Oshiomhole during the recently concluded nationwide primary elections of the party. Saraki, who spoke with journalists in Ilorin yesterday, on the sidelines of the sixth remembrance prayer for his late father, Dr Olusola Saraki, said Oshiomole had no grounds to talk about morality in today’s politics in the light of what he claimed as the controversies that dogged the party’s nomination process for political offices. Responding to earlier injunctions on him by Oshiomhole to resign his position as Senate President, following his defection to the PDP,
Saraki said: “That must be a joke, coming from Oshiomhole talking about moral ground. I think Oshiomhole has no locus standi to talk about morality today.’’ Noting allegations of bribery he said were raised against the national chairman of the ruling party by party chieftains and governors, the Senate President said: ‘’I don’t think he has any moral ground, even to continue to be in politics, let alone talk about being chairman of a party. “I remember in those days, nobody ever accused Oyegun of something like this. I have left that party. I’m sure the President, based on integrity, knows the right thing to do. So, on moral ground, he cannot speak.’’
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