Senate president, Bukola Saraki has revealed how he was abandoned by President Muhammadu Buhari after he helped the president to victory in 2015.
The head of the Senate was one of the high profile members who dumped the ruling All Progressive Congress (APC) this year in a sweeping move.
In an audio released online, Saraki can be heard addressing his supporters in Yoruba language in Ilorin, the Kwara state capital.
The country’s number three man lamented the ‘unfair’ treatment meted to him by Buhari despite the huge amount of money he spent before the 2015 election.
“It is difficult for us to go out and market this present government because the people we are marketing to would ask us if we have benefited anything from this government.
“Use me as an example, between 2014 and 2015, I left PDP and joined APC, putting APC matters as top priority. We went round almost all the states in Nigeria, campaigning for Buhari.
“From Tuesday to Thursday leading to the election on Saturday (in 2015), out of 36 states, i paid for Buhari’s election in 30 states. I gave some states N300 million, some N400 million, others N200 million.”
“It was only the 6 states in the Southwest that i didn’t give money. I did all these through my phone, calling the bank to disburse the money to the different states.
“I thought after doing all these and Buhari gets elected, when it is time for (federal) appointments, I would be given some slots so I can input my people (from Kwara) as MDs of agencies.
“For example, i know if someone from Kwara is the ED (executive director) of UBEC, i know the kind of contracts that can come from his desk whether it brings N1million or N2million.
“…But for the first time, what we had is a situation where the president of the senate, even the speaker, unable to appoint even a cleaner. I’m not talking about board appointments, I mean agencies.
“I want you (youths) in Kwara to be sharp; don’t let someone come and confuse you or lie to you.
“We did the work,others are the ones reaping the fruits of our efforts. Our time is coming by God’s grace.”
Saraki also took a swipe at APC National leader, Asiwaju Bola Tinubu, saying he can never go to Lagos (to receive instruction from the APC leader.
“They want us to go to Lagos to go and collect instructions…when my father (late Olusola Saraki) was alive, Kwara was in the top 10 states that was a powerhouse in terms of politics”
“Someone is now telling us to go to Lagos and collect instruction.Never, it can not happen”
The Senate president also spoke about PDP’s presidential candidate, Atiku Abubakar, saying that the former VP is planning to run an inclusive government.
Saraki went on to say, “…by the grace of God, Buhari would not return in 2019. Go to the South-East, everywhere, people are complaining; unemployment all over the country.”
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