Saraki Replies Tinubu Over Budget-padding Allegation
Saraki and Tinubu/Vanguard

The Senate President has responded to the allegation by the National Leader of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Bola Tinubu, that the National Assembly had padded the national budget for four years, challenging him to provide proof.

Saraki replied the former Lagos State governor in a statement signed by his Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Yusuph Olaniyonu.

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The statement read in part, “Yesterday, Senator Bola Ahmed Tinubu released another of his now well expected quarterly vicious attack on the person of Dr. Abubakar Bukola Saraki, the President of the Senate.

“In the statement, one could see the master of media spins getting ensnared in his own game as he struggled to extricate himself from the narratives about the contest for leadership positions in the Ninth National Assembly.

“Since we have taken it for granted that Tinubu’s attack on Saraki every three months — quarterly — will come as expected, we would just have ignored his statement but for the fact that it was filled with untruth, fallacies and misrepresentations.

“The statement was another effort to sell a concocted narrative about the Eighth National Assembly and its leadership.

“In all the three budgets already passed by the National Assembly, we challenge Tinubu to make specific reference to where Dr. Saraki and the leadership of the National Assembly ‘sought to pad with pet projects’ as he alleged.

“Tinubu should be graceful enough to substantiate this allegation.

“We consider that allegation careless, irresponsible and callous.

“We therefore demand that he should withdraw it.‎”

Tinubu, while justifying his support for Senator Ahmed Lawan and Femi Gbajabiamila for Senate President and Speaker of the House of Representatives of the ninth assembly respectively, accused both Saraki and Dogara of hijacking the leadership of the eight assembly for personal gains.