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President Buhari with Senate President Bukola Saraki and President of ECOWAS Commission H.E. Jeane Cloude Brou as he arrives to declare open 41st Conference and 73rd Executive Committee session of African Parliamentary Union (APU) in Abuja on 8th Nov 2018

Senate President Bukola Saraki has disclosed that he is yet to benefit anything from the President Muhammadu Buhari administration despite the money he spent on his campaign in 2015.

Saraki, who is the chairman of the Atiku Abubakar Presidential Campaign, made this known while addressing his followers in Kwara State.

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The former Kwara governor had dumped the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) for the All Progressives Congress (APC), alongside some other Senators Shaba Lafiagi, Mohammed Ndume, Danjuma Goje, Abdullahi Adamu, Magnus Abe, and Wilson Ake in 2014.

But in July 2018, Saraki announced his return to the PDP, saying “inclusion and a general sense of belonging did not exist.”

In an audio recording of his address to his followers, Saraki noted that the three and half years of the Buhari government had not been an easy one to him particularly in the area of empowerment.

He said he spent between N200m and N400m per state with the hope that when the APC got into office, party faithful would be rewarded either financially or through appointments.

Saraki said, “What is the benefit of people that are campaigning for the APC? What is their track record? Use me as an example. When I left the PDP for the APC in 2014 and was campaigning for the APC like never before, we went to every state to campaign with Buhari up until the election time.

“Out of the 36 states, I paid election money in 30. Some collected N300m, while some collected N400m, some collected N200m. The only states where I had nothing to do with was in the South-West.

“Even on the phone, I was calling and giving banks instructions. Our thinking was that when we get elected, we would get the majority of appointments. I even told majority of you then that we shall all be going to Abuja together after the election.

“I thought some of you would be appointed to head federal agencies like road maintenance like FERMA, NITDA, NPA and others. Because I know that if any Kwara son becomes even just the ED of UBEC, I know what he can approve from his desk. Whether N1m or N2m.

“But for the first time since we joined politics, you have a President of the Senate or even Speaker that cannot appoint a cleaner. I am not referring to board appointees who just collect money per sitting.

“If you look at the agencies where they appointed executive positions, what do you want me to say?”

Listen to the audio Here.