The All Progressives Congress (APC) has taken its war against President of the Nigerian Senate, Bukola Saraki to another level, listing his alleged sins as reasons he is not fit to contest for the nation’s presidency.
The party, in a statement issued by its acting National Publicity Secretary, Yekini Nabena, was reacting to news that the Senate President is considering contesting for the presidency in 2019 on the platform of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) where he defected to recently.
It would be recalled that Saraki had granted Bloomberg an interview saying he has been consulting and considering contesting for the presidency.
According to the APC spokesman, Saraki’s declaration is the reason the party has been calling on anti-graft agencies to stop people with looted funds from financing elections with stolen money.
The statement reads: “Saraki’s declaration brings to the fore our earlier call to anti-graft agencies to check the use of stolen public funds to finance elections in this country.
‘’We reiterate our position that the Nigerian electorate must have the opportunity to choose from candidates that can pass the integrity and anti-corruption test.
“Let us refresh our memory on some of Saraki’s corruption allegations: Allegations of fraud, which led to the collapse of the Saraki family-owned Société Générale Bank.
“Misappropriation of Kwara State funds, disregard of government due process and conversion of state government assets into his and cronies’ when he served as two-term governor of Kwara State.
“History of betrayals, treachery and sabotage – family, political party (PDP, APC), Senate, government.
“Gluttonous property acquisitions and hidden multi-billion dollar assets spread across the world as disclosed by the Panama Papers revelations.
“The multi-million dollar white elephant Shonga Agricultural Project in Kwara State when Saraki served as two-term governor.
“Falsification of Senate standing order; Saraki’s link to the N298m armoured Range Rover SUV seized by Nigeria Customs Service.
“Saraki’s link to $19.5 billion Paris Club loan refund scandal; Oversaw budget padding in the National Assembly, among other numerous corruption scandals.”
The party also called on Nigerians to be careful of a man whose personal ambition it said, would always supersede the interests of the majority and national interest as currently displayed in the National Assembly.