Saraki mocks Oshiomhole over DSS probe

President of the Senate, Dr. Bukola Saraki, has lashed out at the National Chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Comrade Adams Oshiomhole, saying the ruling party’s boss has lost the moral right to participate in politics, let alone be chairman of any party.  

Saraki, while speaking with journalists in Ilorin, the Kwara State capital, yesterday shortly after observing prayers on the sixth remembrance of his late father, Dr. Olusola Saraki, said given the barrage of attacks from within the APC members, Oshiomhole ‘has no locus standi’ to talk about morality in Nigeria’s politics.
The Senate President expressed hope that the ongoing ‘investigation’ of the APC chairman by the Department of State Services (DSS) would determine Oshiomhole’s claim to integrity.

He expressed confidence that President Muhammadu Buhari would do the needful with the APC chairman, based on his own integrity.

And when reminded that Oshiomhole has earlier asked him to resign as Senate President, Saraki merely burst into laughter, saying the call was a mere joke from the APC chairman.
“That must be a joke coming from Oshiomhole,” he quipped. “Talking about moral ground, I think Oshiomhole has no locus standi to talk about morality today. Oshiomhole is somebody who has been said to have been collecting bribe not even naira, but dollars from candidates and he is being accused by his party’s aspirants and governors.

“I don’t think he has any moral ground, even to continue to be in politics, not to talk about being a chairman of a party. When the outcome of the DSS investigation is made public, we will know the extent of his (Oshiomhole) so-called integrity.

“I remember in those days, I mean in the days of John Odigie-Oyegun, they never accused him of something like this. I have left that party. I’m sure the President, based on integrity, knows the right thing to do. So, he cannot speak on moral ground.”

Asked for his views on the by-election scheduled for this Saturday in Irepodun /Ekiti /Oke Ero /Isin federal constituency, Saraki condemned what he termed the huge deployment of policemen and the sudden change of divisional heads of police in four local government areas for the by-election.

His words: “You see, the mistake we sometimes make, we forget that Nigeria is a big nation in this global world, not only in the context of Africa. We provide leadership. An action that we take that tries to suggest that we are not civilised with rule of law and processes, doesn’t augur well with the image.

“Today, President Buhari is the President of ECOWAS, likewise the Chairman of INEC as chairman of electoral bodies in ECOWAS. That shows we are a responsible country.

“So, when the Inspector-General if Police (IG) begins to do things like this without following due process, it is not good for our country. And that is what we always stand for. And all those who are supposed to caution him should ensure that due process is followed in things like this.

“We have been doing by-election here, I have never seen where the Divisional Police Officers (DPOs), are being transferred. We have been doing by-elections here, I have never seen where 200 or 300 security personnel are being deployed. It is not about Kwara; it is about the country. It is about how the world sees us. It is about how we provide leadership in the continent.

“In spite of all these, I see PDP winning the election because we are on ground. There is no doubt about it. If you go round, you will know who is on ground. And you will see that in the results. They should allow people to exercise their rights.”

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