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Saraki Blasts Tinubu, Nigeria Bigger Than Your Ambition




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Former Senate Pres­ident, Dr. Abubakar Bukola Saraki has stated that when he opposed the plan to foist a Muslim-Muslim presiden­cy on Nigeria in 2014, he acted in the national inter­est and believed Nigeria was bigger than anybody’s ambition, including that of Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu.


Saraki, in a statement signed by the head of his Media Office, Yusuph Ola­niyonu, in response to the speech by Tinubu in Abeo­kuta on Thursday claim­ing that Saraki and others opposed his desire to be running mate to President Muhammadu Buhari in the 2015 elections, noted that he will oppose any plan that causes a religious crisis in a multi-religious country like Nigeria.


“When I and other lead­ers of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in 2014 stood against having a Muslim-Muslim ticket, it was not a decision targeted at any individual or group but one taken in the nation­al interest. Asiwaju knows this and he is just being mischievous by presenting this decision as something aimed at stopping his am­bition.


“Let me make it clear that the decision to oppose the plans by some people to make APC present a Mus­lim-Muslim ticket in 2015 was in the national inter­est and I will take the same stand today, tomorrow, and any other day. My stance is based on the fact that such a ticket is not good for the unity of the country and will further accentuate one of our fault lines.


“Even Asiwaju Tinubu knows that I am a man who does not shy away from standing for what is right. He knows that I don’t follow the crowd and I take a stand based on my con­viction of what is good for the country and what is not good for her. It is also obvi­ous that I have paid prices for this stand.

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“The opposition to a Muslim- Muslim ticket was not targeted at Tinu­bu or any other person. It was a decision that even all party leaders know helped the victory of the party and also worked for the unity of the country. That decision is not about self but national and collective interests. It is a decision which served the purpose of the people of Nigeria and I have no regret sup­porting it”, Saraki stated.


While expressing sur­prise that Tinubu refused to move on and still sulked over what happened in 2014, the former Governor of Kwara State added that the APC presidential aspi­rant had become so fixat­ed on the Muslim-Muslim ticket issue of 2014 that he worked so hard to stop the emergence of Saraki as Senate President in a move he considered as re­taliatory.


Saraki also stated that after he was elected Senate President, Tinubu main­tained an adversarial posi­tion against the eighth Na­tional Assembly, initiated covert and overt measures aimed at undermining the federal legislature, and set the executive against the legislature.


“Despite calling himself a democrat, he continued to support every effort to frustrate the eighth Nation­al Assembly and thwart its efforts to provide good representation to Nigeria. He was the architect of several moves that set the Presidency on a collision course with the National Assembly. At a time, he would twist issues and make false claims in his quarterly press statements aimed at making the Na­tional Assembly under my leadership look bad. Now,

Nigerians know the truth. We can only urge Senator Tinubu to look at the big­ger picture on all matters and stop viewing all issues within the prism of his am­bition and personal inter­est,” Saraki stated.

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