Wednesday, 14 October 2015

Group Blasts Tinubu Over Anti-Saraki Comments

Maja Progressives Union (MPU), a political group on Tuesday, October 13, blasted the national leader of the All Progressive Congress (APC), Asiwaju Bola Tinubu over what it described as unfair verbal attacks on the Senate president Bukola Saraki.

According to The Guardian, the group at a press briefing in Ilorin, said Saraki  who was“born into politics, remained an astute politician who rose to political stardom without any godfather deserves some measures of respects from Tinubu”.

Tinubu angered the group over his alleged comments on Tuesday, October 13, in some national dailies that the Senate president was chameleonic in his attitude since crossing over from the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) to the APC.

According to Alhaji Kayode Yusuf, the spokesman of the group, Saraki had led the people of Kwara to the APC because of the antecedents of President Muhammadu Buhari.

“Yusuf who attempted a comparison between Saraki and Tinubu said: “The Senate President is not a pretending ethnic chauvinist but a true Nigerian. We rallied round him during the last general elections in Kwara because of Buhari. Saraki used his influence and good will to win for the APC the entire elective posts in the state during the polls and therefore should not be called names.

“He is our political leader in Kwara. He is acceptable to us all. But Tinubu cannot call himself the leader of the Yoruba today.

“Tinubu fondly called the Lion of Bourdillion, should not challenge Saraki over issues that bother on party loyalty. Afterall we are aware of what some people are trying to do here in Kwara by sponsoring some members of opposition PDP against the ruling party APC. Tinubu should also remember that if he fights Saraki, he is fighting the entire people of Ilorin who have no absolute trust in anything but powers of God,” he said.

The group described Tinubu as “a respectable man” in the society, saying: “We implore him therefore not to drag his name in the mud. “

He advised Tinubu to recall all the accolades he had bestowed on the Senate president during the APC campaign rallies in Ilorin, saying Saraki still remains the same loyalist of a progressive change in the nation’s political arena and to paint him otherwise will be unjust.

Meanwhile the election of Senate president, Bukola Saraki, as the duly elected senator representing Kwara Central constituency has been upheld. His election was upheld by an election petition tribunal sitting in Ilorin, the Kwara state capital.