‘I cannot recognise Bukola as the Senate President’ – Tinubu

‘I cannot recognise Bukola as the Senate President’ – Tinubu

By Sheryl Sanni | Staff Reporter on June 11, 2015
All Progressive Congress Leader Bola Ahmed Tinubu APC
All Progressive Congress Leader Bola Ahmed Tinubu speaks in the dock during his trial at the Code of Conduct Tribunal

The National Assembly (NASS), elections that brought in Senator Bukola Saraki of the All Progressives Congress (APC), in as the Senate President on Tuesday, June 9, 2015 is yet to be accepted by the leaders of the party who had earlier endorsed another candidate for the position.

The party leadership released a critical statement to that effect and now, APC national leader, Bola Ahmed Tinubu speaking at the party secretariat on Wednesday, June 10, 2015 said that he will never recognise Senator Saraki as the 8th Senate President.

He said; “I will never recognise such a kangaroo arrangement that produced Bukola as the Senate President”

“Or how do you want me to recognise a man who deliberately defied his own party because of his personal interest? It is not done anywhere.

“Therefore, recognising Bukola as the Senate President after all he had done to our party today, having gone against the wish and pattern of our great party, honestly will amount to endorsing impunity, and which you should all know I will not.”

Tinubu however asserted that the only condition in which he would reconsider his stand on the issue is if senator Saraki showed remorse.

In his words; “For me to recognise Senator Bukola as the Senate President, he must show remorse for today’s action. He had earlier promised to defy the party and the deed has been done. You don’t do that in politics.

“Personal interest must not override that of the party that beget you. It’s a spoken and silent rule of the game, which all and sundry must abide with” he advised

“I’m not God, but as far as this party is concerned, I’m a leader and I know what is good for the party at the appropriate time. Speaking now is not for the party, but for myself. I cannot recognize Bukola as the Senate President,” he said.


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