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2019 ambition: Saraki to Tinubu ‘You’re fake news monger’ - ITREALMS

ITREALMS:
The Senate President, Dr. Abubakar Bukola Saraki, has described the All Progressive Congress (APC) national leader as ‘fake news monger’ over his reasons for recent defection to the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), reports ITREALMS.

Refuting reports attributed to Tinubu that he left APC because of automatic return tickets, oil blocks and other benefits, tagged “TheTinubu Rhetoric: My Response” made available to ITREALMS, Saraki expressed surprise that Tinubu is still peddling this rumour.

“It is a surprise to me that Asiwaju Tinubu is still peddling the falsehood about the fact that my defection is about automatic ticket and sharing of resources,” he said.

Saraki recalled that when the issue of his decision to quit APC came to the fore and many APC leaders were holding meetings with him, a newspaper owned by the same Tinubu published a false report about the promise of automatic tickets, oil blocks and other benefits.

“I immediately rebutted their claims and categorically stated that I never discussed any such personal and pecuniary benefits with anybody,” he said, challenging anybody who has contrary facts to come forward with them and still remains open.

He pointed out that while his own decision was based on protecting the collective national interest, Tinubu will rather live with the identified inadequacies of the government for the sake of fulfilling and preserving his presidential ambition in 2023.

“This new position of Tinubu has only demonstrated inconsistency — particularly when one reviews his antecedents over the year,” he alleged.

Senate President went further to note that democracy is a system that allows people to freely make their choices, stressing that his choice to defect is to join others to present a viable alternative platform for Nigerians in the coming elections.


“Tinubu and leaders of the APC had better respect this decision or lawfully deal with it. As for me, Allah gives power to whom He wishes. Human beings can only aspire and strive to fulfill their aspirations,” he said.

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