By Eric Elezuo
The Senate President, Dr. Bukola Saraki, has dismissed the threat of the All Progressives Congress (APC) led by its chairman, Comrade Adams Oshiomhole, to remove him from office as empty noise.
Saraki made the remark while fielding questions from veteran journalist, Chief Dele Momodu at his Ilorin country home as published in his weekly column, Pendulum. He said the reason the APC is plotting to remove him by all means is because of the fear they harbour about his capability to challenge President Muhammadu Buhari in a competitive election, adding that there is no way they can remove him legally.
According to him, that forms the reason the party was driven by “to the limit of desperation and feverishness by the invasion of the National Assembly…”
Hear him: “APC knows the Constitution of Nigeria even if they pretend otherwise. They know there is no way they can remove me legally. That is why they were driven to the limit of desperation and feverishness by the invasion of the National Assembly, which is the only reason they are a bit sober right now, out of shame that the brazen invasion by DSS at their behest and instruction failed.”
The Senate President, who has gone ahead to declare his intention to contest for the presidency in 2019 under the platform of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), called the bluff of the APC’s chairman, saying that his threat to remove him as Senate President is nothing but empty noise.
“The threat by their Chairman to remove me was nothing but empty noise. That aside, the main reason they want me out is they are not willing to take the risk whereby the number three citizen will tackle the number one in a Presidential election. When that happens, they know I will have substantial access to State apparatus like the President. They would rather face candidates who are like orphans and not mandatorily protected, or provided for by State power. But as President of the Senate, that is guaranteed…”
Saraki declared his presidential bid Thursday during an interactive session with the young people on political consciousness.