Oil barons didn’t bankroll Saraki’s emergence, says Melaye


Senators of Like Minds, a group of senators who spearheaded the emergence of Senator Abubakar Bukola Saraki as Senate President, yesterday said the country’s oil barons had no hand in the emergence of Saraki.

The senators also said that Saraki’s antecedent was enough testimony to show that he would support the anti-corruption mantra of President Muhammadu Buhari.

This was contained in a statement by the spokesman of the group, Senator Dino Melaye, in Abuja.

Melaye said it was obvious that Saraki is determined and focused to achieve the Senate’s legislative agenda as well as committed to support Buhari to deliver on his promises to Nigerians.

The Kogi West senator added that his statement was informed by a report that “the election of Saraki as the Senate President of the 8th Senate was facilitated by Nigerians associated with dubious claims in the infamous oil subsidy.”

He also said that it was not correct to say that the emergence of Saraki was aimed at sabotaging the anti-corruption posture of President Muhammadu Buhari-led Federal Government.

He noted that it was equally wrong to link what happened on the floor of both chambers of the National Assembly on June 9 to some unnamed ex-ministers of the immediate past administration.

The statement reads in part: “We make bold to state that in the 7th Assembly, Senator Bukola Saraki was Chairman of the Senate Ad hoc Committee, which exposed the fraud and mismanagement in the oil sector.

“Until Saraki’s motion on the floor of the Senate, no one was in the picture of the rot in the sector.

“Therefore, surely, Senator Saraki will be the last person the oil baron will want to see as Senate President.

“In that position, Saraki did not only lead his colleagues in exposing the rot in the scheme, but made very strong recommendations on how the system could be reformed and made corrupt- free.”

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