Senate President Bukola Saraki has given a strong-worded reply to Senator Abdullahi Adamu, senator representing Nasarawa west, saying he has had enough of his “constant attack”.
Adamu had accused Saraki of betraying the All Progressives Congress (APC) and said that he would have sent Saraki out had he attended the meeting of APC senators with President Buhari.
He was also alleged to have said Saraki referred to Senator Dino Melaye as a clown.
Responding to the allegations, Saraki, through his spokesman, Yusuph Olaniyonu, said Adamau had become the attack dog of the executive in the senate.
He noted that he had refrained from responding to Adamu’s constant attacks out of respect for his old age but said his latest statement was the breaking point.
“I have deliberately ignored the antics of Senator Abdullahi Adamu, especially his constant media attack on me and the senate since the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) dusted his file on alleged case of corruption and also went ahead to arraign his son in court,” the statement read.
“So far, I had refrained from responding in kind out of respect for his age. However, it seems he has misread my maturity and respect for docility. He feels the best way to play his self-survival game and ingratiate himself to the government in order to save his skin is for him to be seen to be fighting Saraki, even if that would require him to tell brazen lies and peddle mischief in his old age.
“However, I feel his latest statement in an interview with a national newspaper deserves a reaction from me. First, I could not have referred to my colleague, Senator Dino Melaye as a clown, knowing that from available records, Senator Melaye has so far outshined and has performed better than Senator Abdullahi in terms of the number of bills sponsored, motion raised and contributions to debate on the floor.
“Clearly, Adamu’s seven years cannot be compared to Senator Melaye’s three years. Senator Adamu is free to challenge this assertion by showing his records.
“Well, since Senator Abdullahi Adamu became the attack dog of the executive in the senate, using language unbecoming of a man of his age against me and other colleagues who he perceived he needs to disparage to reassure his handlers in the presidency, I have realised that he simply deserve our sympathies. I am sure those he thinks he is working for know he is a man who is only useful for the present moment.”
Saraki described Adamu as “deceptive, manipulative and desperate liar” whom he says should not be relied upon.
“He only says what suits him as the occasion demands.. I specifically recall some statements he made on the president and his administration during an official trip we made together to Morocco in March last year. At the appropriate time, we will give more details,” Saraki said.
“Senator Abdullahi’s statements should not be relied upon. He is a deceitful fellow who says what suits the situation that he finds himself. So, it is now he knows the senate has a bad leadership after three years?”