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Leadership - The president of the Senate, Abubakar Bukola Saraki has described the emergence of Senator Ike Ekweremadu as the deputy Senate president of the 8th Senate as painful and regrettable, saying no true party member would want to share his position with a member of other parties.

Blaming the absence of some All Progressives Congress (APC) senators at the inauguration session on that fateful day for the election of Ekweremadu, he added that all through the period when he and his team were strategising for his election to the Senate president’s seat, not even for once did they anticipate that a Senator from the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) will emerge as his deputy.

Speaking with some Senate correspondents yesterday, Saraki said it is not true that he entered into any pact with the PDP to sacrifice the deputy Senate slot for PDP’s support. “Never in our wildest imagination did we envisage that some senators would not be present on the day of the inauguration.
“In my own view, and in the view of some of those who worked closely with me, I worked hard for my election, I had direct contact with every single senator, one on one. Weeks leading to the election I did not rely on anybody. I worked hard; both in our party, the APC and out of it.

“I approached every senator, I talked to them…we built confidence, not only in the APC, but, also, in the PDP. I talked to them. That was why I laugh when people said I had a deal with Ekweremadu or I had a hand in the emergence of Ekweremadu.

“I didn’t need any deal to win. I had penetrated…There was no deal; I didn’t need any deal in the first place. I had worked hard such that every body who was a senator, I campaigned hard and canvassed for their votes and won their confidence.

“At one of the meetings held at Transcorp Hilton which Senator Godswill Akpabio co-chaired with Senator Ibrahim Gobir and a few others, which had both APC and PDP members, at that meeting, if you heard most of them there, the position they took was that ‘this is the Senate president they want.’
Across party lines, they believed in me that this is the Senate president that can lead us. There was no deal.
“Sometimes, I wonder how some of our colleagues found themselves at the ICC. If it had been a case that the CNA (clerk of the National Assembly) had made an announcement that the event had been postponed or it was no longer holding, plus, the invitation, it would have been different. I’m sure some are asking now,what really happened,” Saraki said.

Speaking further, he said “First of all, the PDP senators had announced to the public that they were supporting me without even meeting me because in their own meeting, the majority had decided to vote for me. In their own interest, strategically, they decided that, look, this is a fait accompli because 30 of their own senators were going to vote for this man anyway and the remaining felt it was better to join.

It wasn’t until 2:00am that they called us to tell us their decision. With regards to the deputy, when they told us that they had a candidate, we, too, told them we had a candidate for deputy Senate president in the person of Senator Ali Ndume. After our own meeting, it was our thinking that it was after the election of the Senate president that the two groups in APC would meet and we would agree on a candidate. We never in our imagination thought they would not turn up. By the time we got there, we were only 24 while the PDP was more than 40. In an election, there’s no way they would not have defeated us and that was what happened. And now, when people say it was a deal, I say that if the CNA had started the procedure in the House of Representatives first, and moved to the Senate thereafter, today, we, the APC, would have had a deputy Senate president.

“It is unfortunate that we have a PDP man as deputy Senate President. It is painful. It is painful for any APC member because when we went through the struggle, that was not what we signed for. But it has happened; but it is unfortunate and it is not fair to put the blame on one side because it is a combination of errors and miscalculations that led us to have, it that morning; some senators at another place instead of being here. So, to suggest that it was out of a desperate act to emerge is what I reject completely and those who followed the events would know that I didn’t have that deal to emerge, ” he said.

The Senate president also disclosed that he never shunned the invitation of the party to a meeting on the inauguration day, contrary to reports.

He explained that he got wind of plans to abduct him and keep him away from the National Assembly premises so that he will not be able to stand for election so he made plans to sneak into the complex early and was not with his phones till later that day.

“First of all, as regards the meeting (at ICC), on the morning of the inauguration, I didn’t finish meeting until 4:00 of that day and I had got information that efforts would likely be made to make sure that I didn’t get access into the chambers.

“So, as early as 4:00am and 5:00am, I had made contingency plans that I must get into the National Assembly because the plan before was that senators-elect should go to the Transcorp Hilton Hotel around 8:00 am and 9:00am to proceed to the National Assembly.

“But I was advised that it would not be safe or secure for me to do that because some people made sure…if I didn’t get into the chambers, it would t be possible for me too be nominated, for the nomination to be seconded and for me to accept the nomination.

“I can tell you today that I was in the National Assembly Complex as early as 6:00 in the morning and I stayed in a car in the car park, from 6:00 in the morning till quarter to 10:00am. This is the truth. I stayed there and I was there with no communication whatsoever.

“So, anybody who said they spoke to me to go to ICC was not true because I didn’t even know what was going on. All I was monitoring was how people were arriving the complex.

“It was at quarter to 10:00 that I got information that the clerk to the National Assembly had entered the chamber. So, I got out of the small car I was inside, stretched myself and put on my Babariga because I didn’t have it on before then.

“I walked from the car park into the chambers…That was why some of you would have seen that I looked very tired on that morning,” Saraki said.

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  1. Your over ambitiousness beclouded your sense of reasoning

  2. arm robber no de gree se he be arm robber. Go face the charges against you.

  3. Sure it is cock and bull story You never regret anything The plan work was on since the fail coup of House of Rep by PDP and therefore master grand stroke plan was hatch to disstablize all APC plan even if they EIN that election that was why your crossover to APC was delay by PDP at that time headed by David Mark that was why you were choosing as The Next Senate President to scuttule all APC programs of successful plan for the Nation but The military mentality and plan arrangrment of suprise coup was hatch and executed by group of loyalist member of PDP in disguide as true APC members to execute that coup plan by diverting APC members attention away from that crucial election of senate presidency while you sit in your car awaiting result of the coup you perfected before stepping into chamber to assune Presidency of the Senate those who perfect the coup for you Ekueremandu is one of Dino etc So dont fool Nigerians we Nigerians with special skill can read between the lines objectively So Say the truth and let the devil be ashame Nigerian will forgive you quickly So we can move the Nation forward.

  4. this is just the beginning, believe me you will soon regret being born, this is what happen to selfish people!!!!

  5. Kunle Otitokoro30 June 2016 at 15:40

    Who is he trying to fool ? Idiot. Very greedy and corrupt. Never again you can fool us.

  6. That's how it is when you carry a father's curse

  7. What happened to those records of his past activities at Société Générale have all the depositors who lost their money forgiven him or they all died. EFCC you were not yet born then or what

  8. You didn't go into any nocturnal deal with your former PDP colleagues and fellow 7th senators, you didn't plan any coup against your party, the APC, you were as innocent as a newly born baby. Why then did you go to all these length of holding nocturnal meetings till 4am, in ensuring that no one reaches you and disguising yourself to sneak into the NASS as early as 6am? Don't the "Abductors" know how get at you? As they foolish as not to know fully well, your whereabouts and movements? The guilty are always afraid Mr. Cunning MI5 senate president .... Pay back time

  9. Even in death this man will lie. Saraki your story does not jive, you must think we are stupid. Most of your party member attended the meeting, 1) You said you dissent know about the meeting 2) You said you turned your phone off 3) You said you were going to be abducted, 4) You said you stayed in a small car weird hours of the night in a garage, 5) You said you didn't know Ekremmadu was going to be Deputy President.
    When you got to the Senate Floor and didn't see your party members, why didn't you call to round them up. After the election you hand picked Principal Officers from PDP going against your party's wishes. "Bukola we are not Fools"

  10. Well said!U are paying for ur Sins of Kwara state people u short change during ur misrule & the betrayal of ur father who single-handedly installed u against all odds! Banza!

  11. Sir Buky, see the comments of pple on your regressive action/says in this article. pple have no any confidence in you anymore & at all. Sir with due respect, You better honorably resign, cos you are disgrace to ilorin n kwara where YOU CLAIMED TO BE YOUR HOME TOWN AND STATE also to Nigeria & Africa at Large, Your Country & FatherLand. Ise Ile lo bayin deta. Sanity begins at home. Sorry Sir, As many Kwara Properties claim and converted to be yours in Name of Harmony Group's Owned. Bi eyan ba le mu ni Olohun Yio Mu. He Who can not be catch by Mankind, God Catches Him. (Eni ti Ao le Mu, Olohun La de si). I never think You will escape this but if possible, Re-Think and Change with good people and repent.
    Thank you the poster.


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