The Senate President, Bukola Saraki on Monday alleged that there was a “government-within-a-government” in the President Muhammadu Buhari-led administration.
He made the claim in response to reasons given by the All Progressives Congress, APC, National Leader, Bola Tinubu on why he defected from the party to the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP.
Saraki recounted how he tried to resolve some issues affecting the running of the party but was “deliberately blocked as a government-within-a-government had formed an impregnable wall and left him in the cold.
In a statement he issued and titled “The Tinubu Rhetoric: My Response,” the Senate President recalled how Tinubu himself, “expressed his displeasure with the style of the government and also mentioned that he, Tinubu, had equally suffered disrespect from the same government which we all worked to put in office.”
The statement he personally signed reads in part: “In that statement, I further noted that those APC elements “have done everything to ensure that the basic rules of party administration, which should promote harmonious relations among the various elements within the party were blatantly disregarded.
“All governance principles which were required for a healthy functioning of the party and the government were deliberately violated or undermined. And all entreaties for justice, equity and fairness as basic precondition for peace and unity, not only within the party, but also the country at large, were simply ignored, or employed as additional pretext for further exclusion.
“The experience of my people and associates in the past three years is that they have suffered alienation and have been treated as outsiders in their own party. Thus, many have become disaffected and disenchanted.
“At the same time, opportunities to seek redress and correct these anomalies were deliberately blocked as a government-within-a-government had formed an impregnable wall and left in the cold, everyone else who was not recognized as “one of us”. This is why my people, like all self-respecting people would do, decided to seek accommodation elsewhere”.
“Tinubu himself will recall that during the various meetings he had with me at the time he was pursuing reconciliation within the APC, I raised all the above issues. I can also vividly recall that he himself always expressed his displeasure with the style of the government and also mentioned that he had equally suffered disrespect from the same government which we all worked to put in office. I also made the point that whatever travails I have gone through in the last three years belong to the past and will not shape my decisions now and in the future.”