Dr. Bukola Saraki, the President of the Senate of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, in a statement on Sunday, alleged that the Federal Government would have silenced him and forced him to resign if he had skeleton in his cupboard.
Saraki stated this during a campaign rally in Offa Local Government Area of Kwara State.
The senate president, who spoke to community chiefs and supporters of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), further said that his boldness in confronting the federal government was because he had clean hands, otherwise the All Progressives Congress (APC) led government would have dealt with him seriously.
“Our campaign has a definite plan for Kwara State and Nigeria. Since we joined the PDP the party has honoured Kwara State, they gave us DG of Campaign, National Leader of the party and have agreed that if the party wins, Senate President is our slot in Kwara.
“But what has the other party (APC) to offer? If I have skeleton in my cupboard this government would have silenced me and forced me to drop the campaign.
“But for God and the support of the people I would not be standing today. They didn’t want to honour our agreement. We all laboured and what they couldn’t get in three times they got it and we demanded that they give to Kwara what we deserve,” Saraki said.
“We need to teach our seasonal politicians a lesson on the poll date. We want community development, let everybody come and contribute their quota to our communities; when Saraki ‘do’ his own and let them too do their own. I heard that some politicians have been buying JAMB forms in 2019. The question to ask is where were they in 2016, where were they in 2017?
“APC leaders in Kwara can’t access President Buhari for anything. They will first have to go and submit their request to Lagos (APC chieftain, Bola Tinubu) and it is only when Lagos is satisfied with the request that it will be forwarded to Buhari who may or not do it.
“Anybody who loves Kwara will not follow Buhari. The Federal Civil Service Commission that was supposed to rotate to Kwara, he has refused and given it to another state,” he said.
Muftau Gbadamosi, the traditional ruler of the community, who also spoke at the event, urged his people to vote the PDP, saying that the party has been faithful to his community in the last eight (8) years.
“The turnout today was our own way of showing gratitude. That is our style here. Since I came on this throne, Offa has benefitted immensely from the state, even up till the last two weeks when I told them about a road and they have come to work on it.
“But the opposition will be issuing out any form of statement telling lies that this government has not done anything for us. There is no request we brought to the government that was denied.
“This is not politics; my claims are verifiable. There is no local government that has benefitted like us. I appeal to my people not to deceive us in this relationship. We should not pretend and deceive them. These ones (PDP) that we know are better than the ones we dont know,” he said.
Senate President Saraki was among the political heavyweights who brought the ruling APC to power in 2015.
He however dumped the party and returned back to his former party, PDP, in 2018.