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Saraki Denies Calling Osinbajo ‘Mere Commissioner’, Still Boycotts APC Truce Meeting

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Former Kwara State Governor and Senator representing Kwara Central Senatorial Distric, Buola Saraki has denied media reports that he referred to Vice President Yemi Osinbajo as a “mere commissioner” – Osinbajo was a Commissioner of Justice in Lagos when Saraki was serving as Governor.

Speaking via a statement issued by his Special Adviser on Media and Advocacy, Bamikole Omishore on Monday, June 8, 2015, Saraki also denied snubbing a truce meeting called by Osinbajo.

Although news of the meeting was rife in the media, Saraki said he refused to attend the said meeting because he received no formal invitation.

Read full statement below:

SENATOR SARAKI HAS GREAT RESPECT FOR THE PERSON AND OFFICE OF HIS EXCELLENCY, PROF OSINBAJO VICE PRESIDENT OF FEDERAL REPUBLIC OF NIGERIA

The attention of Senator Abubakar Bukola Saraki’s media office has been drawn to a publication by an online tabloid which insinuated that “Senator Saraki Boycotts APC Leadership Meeting To be Chaired by VP Osinbajo”

We wish to categorically state that up to this very point 10:50pm, 8th of June 2015, senator Abubakar Bukola Saraki is yet to receive any official invitation from His Excellency Professor Yemi Osinbajo, Vice President, Federal Republic of Nigeria or through any other source for any meeting; political, social or otherwise.

Understanding the importance of last-minute consultation required for the inauguration of the 8th Assembly, Senator Saraki has been attending to meetings with colleagues and friends on the program for the 8th assembly.

Senator Saraki having been in public service in different capacity knows the importance of respecting the office and person of the Vice President. And therefore advise those spreading false news to cease and desist.

Senator Saraki therefore, uses this opportunity to assure His Excellency, Professor Yemi Osinbajo, Vice President of Federal Republic of Nigeria of his highest regards.

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