The ambition of Bukola Saraki has, at present, divided the National Assembly, especially the All Progressives Congress’ lawmakers.
There’s really nothing wrong with selfish ambition, but trying to justify it, is a pretty kettle of fish.
Senate President, Saraki, may be doing just that.
He says he was the first Presidential candidate to forego his ambition for President Buhari, to emerge the candidate of the APC.
Saraki says he worked assiduously to make sure Buhari could fulfill his ambition, hence, he now finds it funny that some people claim to love Buhari more than he does.
Quick one- The Senate President said this on Saturday, while speaking to journalists in Abuja. Basically, he was boasting about the supposed sacrifice he made and also gloating about the efforts he made in Buhari’s ascendancy.
Saraki had said:
“I was the first person that stepped down his political ambition, once General Buhari announced that he was going to contest the presidential election. And since then, prior to the period of election, I worked tirelessly to support his emergence.
Even some of my friends who are not supporting me now are doing so because I did not support them in their presidential ambition and that I supported President Buhari. That is why I find it funny that the same people are now claiming to love Buhari more than me. It is a very funny world.
These are people that I was begging to leave the stage for Buhari to run since all of us are young. They are now the one going round to say that Saraki did not like Buhari but time will tell.”
But the Presidency wouldn’t allow him to gloat for too long, on his love for the President.
Special Adviser to the President on Media and Publicity, Femi Adesina, would subsequently reveal to Punch Newspapers, that Saraki never stepped down for President Buhari in the APC presidential race.
Adesina said stepping down was never an issue, simply because the party conducted a free and fair presidential primary which Buhari won.
“There was no issue of stepping down during the presidential race in the APC. There was a presidential primary that was plain, transparent, free and fair.
We all know those who were involved in the primary; all Nigerians know those who participated in the APC presidential primary and President Buhari emerged the winner of that process.”
Furthermore, the Presidency would also rub Saraki’s nose in the dirt, by saying that Buhari was not in support of people who truncated the APC’s process of selecting candidates for National Assembly leadership positions.
“The President has always maintained that the party is supreme. The party started a process which was truncated. The President has always maintained that those who truncated or aborted the process were the ones who precipitated crisis.
The President had said in earlier statements that he would work with anybody who emerged the Senate President, but then, that did not include those who will subvert (the process).”