Saraki, Dogara tackle ex-APC chair, Akande over oil barons allegation


The Senate President, Dr. Bukola Saraki and the Speaker of the House of Representatives, Hon. Yakubu Dogara, Monday, debunked claims by the former Interim National Chairman of the All Progressives Congress, APC, Chief Bisi Akande that their election as Senate President and Speaker was facilitated by oil barons describing the allegation as baseless, false and unbecoming of a respected statesman.
The duo also said the allegation levelled against them was lacking in substance and merit and could best be described as figment of Chief Akande‘s imagination.
Akande had on Sunday fingered fuel subsidy thieves and corrupt businessmen as being behind the current crisis in the APC which culminated in the emergence of Bukola Saraki as senate president and Yakubu Dogara as speaker of the House of Representatives.
In his reaction to the allegation said, Saraki said that “Ordinarily, we would have ignored the report credited to Chief Akande but for the sole reason that some undiscerning readers might mistake the fiction for the facts.
“We wish to state unequivocally that it was wrong and mischievous for the statement by Chief Akande to link what happened on the floor of both chambers to some unnamed oil barons. We dare say that the entire story was the figment of the imagination of the author and we make bold to state that in the 7th Assembly, Senator Bukola Saraki was Chairman of the Senate Adhoc Committee which exposed the fraud and mismanagement in the oil sector.
“Until Saraki’s motion on the floor of the senate, no one was in the picture of the rot in the sector or took any action. Therefore, Senator Saraki will be the last person the oil barons will want to see as Senate President.
“In that position, Saraki did not only lead his colleagues in exposing the rot in the scheme but …Read More

Source:: New Mail