BEVERLY HILLS, November 15, (THEWILL) – The National Chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Adams Oshiomhole, has asked Senate President Bukola Saraki to provide evidence he (Oshiomhole) was bribed or be taken to court.
He made this known in a statement by his chief press secretary, Simon Ebegbulem, in the early hours of Thursday.
This was in reaction to a statement by Saraki on Wednesday in Ilorin that the national chairman should resign as he lacks the Moral Ground to continue to lead the party.
While speaking with journalists in Ilorin on the sidelines of the sixth remembrance prayer for his late father, Olusola Saraki, Saraki said the APC chairman has no locus standi to talk about morality in today’s Nigeria politics in view of controversial roles he played in the APC primaries.
“That must be a joke coming from Oshiomhole talking about moral ground. I think Oshiomhole has no locus standi to talk about morality today,” the Senate President said.
“Oshiomhole is somebody, who has been told to have been collecting not even naira but dollars from candidates and he is being accused by his party’s aspirants and Governors.
“I don’t think he has any moral ground, even to continue to be in politics not to talk about being a Chairman of a party.
“I remember in those days even Oyegun, they never accused him of something like this. I have left that party. I’m sure the President, based on integrity, knows the right thing to do. So, on moral ground, he cannot speak on moral ground.”
Reacting, Oshiomhole saos Saraki lacks moral grounds to make such accusations and described him as “an usurper of and pretender” to the position of Senate President, had no moral ground to call for the resignation of the national chairman.
“It is equally sad, but not unexpected, that Saraki, who is politically drowning, would make such libelous comments against the national chairman of the APC. And I challenge Saraki to mention one name of an aspirant that gave money to the national chairman or we file a legal action against him.
“Whereas, the basis on which he made those comments was tenuous and unjustifiable, it is on record that Saraki has been in the eye of investigations by the EFCC and the ICPC for sundry cases of corruption.
“We challenge him to mention one person who has claimed that he gave money to Oshiomhole to influence him and the decision of the party’s national working committee (NWC) in the just-concluded primary elections.”