The Senate President, Bukola Saraki on Monday described his colleague and former governor of Nasarawa State, Abdullahi Adamu, as a deceptive, manipulative and desperate liar.
Mr Saraki verbally lashed Mr Adamu while reacting to statements allegedly made by Mr Adamu.
Mr Adamu had allegedly accused the Senate President of calling a senator, Dino Melaye, a “clown” in a private chat with him. Mr Saraki alleged that Mr Adamu made the statement “in an interview with a national newspaper”.
Although PREMIUM TIMES could not confirm if Mr Adamu indeed issued the statement, efforts to get Mr Adamu to deny or confirm this were unsuccessful as he did not respond to calls put across to him.
The Senate President who said he has, for a while, ignored the “antics and insults of Mr Adamu out of respect for his age,” stated that he (Mr Adamu) was nothing but a “compulsive liar and an unreliable man who will do or say anything to suit his situation at any point in time”.
In a statement signed by his Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Yusuph Olaniyonu, Mr Saraki said he could not have referred to Mr 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.
“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. 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.
“Again, I restate that Senator Adamu is a deceptive, manipulative and desperate liar. He only says what suits him as the occasion demands. I urge people to check his contributions on the floor before the EFCC moved against him and his son and they will see that this is a latter day, selfish supporter of President Muhammadu Buhari.
“We know what he was saying about the President and his administration and what should happen in 2019 before then during discussions with our colleagues, particularly the former governors in the Senate. 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,” the statement read in part.
Mr Saraki said Mr Adamu’s statements should not be relied upon. He questioned why he (Mr Adamu) is just realising that the Senate has a bad leadership after three years.
“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,” the statement noted.