Monday, 18 April 2016
Bukola Saraki: The Proud Man Who Dug His Own Grave
At the inception of the President Muhammadu Buhari-led administration, the president and the ruling party, the APC made it known to all that they don’t need a senate president with excess baggage.
They don’t need a senate president with outstanding corruption cases because they want to maintain a neat and focused leadership devoid of personalities with ongoing corruption cases.
Ordinarily, Senator George Akume was supposed to emerge as the senate president in the sense that he was the senate minority leader when his party (APC) was in the opposition.
With APC coming to power, he was supposed to be automatically elevated to the senate presidency.
But his ambition was cut short after President Buhari insisted that his number three man must be devoid of any outstanding corruption case. Akume has an outstanding case with the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC.
Seeing the danger ahead and also not wanting to go against his party’s wish, the political field Marshall, the Asiwaju – Bola Tinubu – who had supported the Akume candidature, did a political somersault and advised his friend, Akume, to deter his ambition and transferred his support to the party’s preferred choice being Senator Lawan of Yobe State.
Once again, Asiwaju Tinubu proved to be the master political strategist, knowing when to either pull out, move forward or move backwards.
Unlike Akume, Saraki has more serious outstanding corruption cases hanging on his head and could have also deferred his ambition but pride and stupidity took hold of him and he decided to go extreme.
He did not only disobey his party but went as far as conspiring with the opposition PDP and betrayed his own party by making a PDP man the Deputy Senate president.
Well, after the president and vice declared their assets, the next person was the senate president.
And what do we expect the government to do when its senate president defaulted? To leave him and create the wrong impression that the government’s anti-corruption stance is just a fluke?
Please blame Saraki for his problems.
He was prior informed about what is in stock for a senate president with excess baggage, but he still went ahead and decided to destroy himself.
So how does his issues now translate to witch hunting when he was fore warned of the implications of his ambition? He dug his own grave out of pride and greed. Let him be buried in it.