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War Of Words: Free Yourself From Saraki’s Bondage – Tinubu In Kwara, You Are A Frustrated Politician – Saraki Replies

Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu

The National Leader of the All Progressives Party, Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu, has urged the mammoth crowd and party supporters at the Ilorin rally to liberate Kwara State from the clutches of the President of the Senate, Dr. Abubakar Bukola Saraki, in the forthcoming general elections.

Tinubu, a former Governor of Lagos, made this call on Monday at the APC Presidential Campaign rally in Ilorin, Kwara State.

The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the rally was attended by President Muhammadu Buhari, who led other APC stalwarts, including a former Interim National Chairman of the party, Chief Bisi Akande; a former Governor of Nasarawa State, Abdullahi Adamu; the Party National Chairman, Adams Oshiomhole, and others to the gathering.

Tinubu charged Kwara State people to take advantage of the elections to liberate themselves from the political slavery in the state.

The APC chieftain, who delivered most of his address in Yoruba language, alleged: “It is a long time they have been mismanaging the state’s fund.

“Who is doing this?

“It is Bukola Saraki.

“We are here today to demand for freedom and liberation of the state.

“Today, we are here for Bukola Saraki.

“We are no longer his slaves.”

Tinubu noted that his party had nothing against the Senate president’s father, late Chief Olusola Saraki.

“We pray that God shall repose the soul of the late sage, Olusola Saraki, and grant him Aljanah Firdausi,” he said.

Senator Gbemisola Saraki, the younger sister to the Senate president and a member of the APC, was at the rally.

Tinubu said with the massive turn out of people at the rally and the political revolution going on in Kwara, the state would be free from oppression.

“I know this is the celebration of your freedom, this is the celebration of the fallen of the Berlin wall and the end to oligarchy, the emperor that have enslaved Kwara,” he said.

Tinubu educated the people on how to cast their votes appropriately for APC and to avoid rejected ballots.

Speaking in same vein, Oshiomhole said the rally was a celebration of the end of Saraki’s reign, who had held the state by the jugular.

He said the mammoth crowd at the rally is an affirmation of the “O to Ge”, meaning “Enough is Enough” slogan across the state.

He said: “You must vote APC to oust Bukola, who has underdeveloped Kwara and who controls your governors as a master will control a cook.

“I cannot wait until Saturday when the referendum to chase out Bukola Saraki will be carried out.”

Senator Abubakar Bukola Saraki 

However,  the President of the Senate, Dr. Abubakar Bukola Saraki, said the insultive statements made against him in Ilorin on Monday by Bola Ahmed Tinubu, and the National Chairman of the All Progressives Congress, Adams Oshiomhole, were expression of their frustration over the imminent loss of their party in next Saturday’s election.Saraki said this in a statement signed by his Special Adviser (Media and Publicity),Yusuph Olaniyonu.

He stated that the APC leaders know that their party will definitely lose the presidential and National Assembly elections on February 16, 2019 and that is why in their desperate mood they are only hurling abuses instead of discussing issues and telling the people what they will do for them.

He said: “They came to Kwara State to hurl insults at me and my people, instead of explaining to the people what they want to do differently and what contributions their flagbearers and other leaders in the State have made to our various communities to justify the people shifting their loyalty to their dying party. They promised nothing concrete that will improve the standard of living of the people and provide infrastructure.

“They have only come to Kwara to vindicate my position that they have no good plans for Kwara State and its people. It is obvious that the APC have nothing to offer Kwarans. They represent nothing good for our people. My problem with them has always been that after we worked with our people to support them to win in 2015, they refused to work on infrastructure and other policy issues that can bring direct benefit to our people.

“As for Tinubu, we have never expected any good words from him. All his life, he will continue to belly ache and nurse grudges over my opposition to the Muslim-Muslim ticket idea in 2015.

As far as he is concerned, I stopped him from realizing his ambition then.

However, I believe my action then and now is in pursuit of national interest. Again, I supported President Buhari in 2015 because I believe he could make a positive change.

I left the party when I realized he lacked the capacity and the desire to make any change. Tinubu on his own part said though he agreed with me about my assessment of the man, he would continue to support Buhari even if the man had to govern from the hospital stretcher because that is the way he (Tinubu) could become the President in 2023.

So, while my position is premised on national interest, Tinubu’s is based on his personal interest and ambition. Now that Tinubu’s new speciality is to hurl insults at people like former President Olusegun Obasanjo and former Vice President Atiku Abubakar, focusing on me today is okay if it will help him feel good.

“It is surprising that a man like Tinubu will be talking about morality and corruption. This is a man whose disrepute is known both within and outside Nigeria. This is somebody who personifies everything that is wrong with the Nigerian system. Well, I am not ready to roll in the gutter with him. Unlike them, I will stay on the issues that are germane to national development and the welfare of our people.

“However, let me make it clear that what Tinubu and his putative party chairman, Oshiomhole did today is to insult the people of Kwara State who are independent minded, forward looking, assertive and God-fearing. On Saturday, the APC will be punished for their bad behaviour.

Kwarans will tell them that they cannot take dictates from power mongers, pretenders and hypocrites. The people of Kwara State will never take dictates from selfish individuals. Their evil design will be thwarted on Saturday and March 2.”

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