Nigeria Senate attacks APC leader, Bisi Akande

National chairman of the All Progressives Congress, APC, Bisi Akande

The Senate has responded to the statement by the former interim National Chairman of the All Progressives Congress, APC, Bisi Akande in which he described the claim that the 2016 budget was missing from the upper legislative chamber as an indication of the indiscipline that produced its leadership.

The Senate said it was regrettable that a man of Akande’s status would be responding to mere speculation without cross-checking his facts or worse still eager to latch on to any opportunity to bring to disrepute the leadership of the Senate because he failed to get his choice candidates elected.

In a statement by its spokesman, Aliyu Abdullahi, on Saturday, the Senate urged Mr. Akande to check his records properly so that he could see that “at no time did the Senate say the 2016 budget was missing”.

Rather, Mr. Abdullahi noted that the legislative house had insisted in several official statements and press interviews by its principal officers that the budget was not missing but that two different versions are now available.

“We have said it several times that the budget was not missing. That two versions of the details of the budget exist and this is no longer in doubt as the Presidency has equally admitted this.

“We expect a man of Akande’s calibre to cross-check his facts and take us up on our words. That he decided to ignore the facts and make comments on speculations is regrettable. He is a man who had served in government. He is a leader of the party with the majority in the Senate and he has several channels of cross-checking facts as against speculations,” Mr. Abdullahi stated.

The spokesperson said contrary to the description of what happened as indiscipline on the part of the leadership, the position of the present Senate leadership is a demonstration of the regime of openness, transparency and accountability that now reigns in the upper legislative chamber.

In the past, he said, such a development would have been swept under the carpet.

He noted that the statement by Akande was another expression of the frustration that the former Governor of Osun State suffers for not being able to impose his lackeys on the Senate as leaders.

“Chief Akande is still sulking after his group’s failed attempt to impose certain individuals as the leaders of the Senate last year. So, he was in a hurry to condemn the leadership. We want him to know that the leadership of the Senate can only emerge through the provisions of the constitution and the standing rules of the institution. As a democrat, Mr. Akande should know that once the majority has elected the leadership, all parties to the contest ought to accept the decision.

“To continue belly-aching and working to undermine the institution because of the failure to get one’s choice candidates elected cast doubts on his democratic credentials. It appears he is only a democrat when he has his way. We advise him to move on and let us help the legislative institution to focus on its agenda to serve the people in line with the much needed change that President Muhammadu Buhari promised the nation..,” Abdullahi stated.


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  • bjay

    Truth is bitter the 8th senate has failed and betrayed apc and nigerians, saraki should learn from David Mark administration

  • SAM .A

    Pa Akande was not the person who announced that the budget was missing , it was one of your leaders,this your tantrum doesn’t add anything to your already battered image as looters of the nation and the liars of the century. The discordant tune coming out of that chamber to borrow Pa Akande’s old expression , seems Nigeria elected Kindergartens to Senate . Wake up , learn how to make laws not rebuttal , not taken lN8m car loans , and go to rob the people of N4.2 billion to buy the same car you got loans for . That place stinks.

    • Fred Duke

      who do you think elected these thieves? They rigged their way into that chambers. In the West, most of them would be rotting in jail. Some of them are more corrupt than James Ibori.

  • David Adeniran

    Sanity will reign in the Senate once Saraki goes to jail.

    • Burbank

      With hard labour.

  • Man_Enough

    The senate should take full blame and responsibility for whatever happened to the document that was securely under their custody. If there is any insult, they drew it to themselves and deserve it. Afterall as long as the draft budget has not been acted upon, it is still the property of the executive. If the passed version is tinkered with then they can cry.

  • JJ

    What should we expect from a system where the leadership are criminals and moreover, who assumed the leadership positions all through forgery? We should expect forgery and indiscipline all through until the useless leaders are swept out.

  • excel

    The saraki leadership at the senate is full of criminality. Pa Akanda is very right.

  • Aremu Mathew Okikiolu

    Hahaha, disgraceful that the Senate can shamelessly exhibit their incompetence and mischief by displacing their aggressions on Pa Akande for no just cause. Can the Senate Leadership claim any legitimacy? Time will tell.
    Where is the budget? This is a document that was presented to the National Assembly, a coven of no repute, that has not been read, yet they tell us that the budget is missing.
    Nigerians know what is missing in the budget. The Ghana must go bags that didn’t come with the budget!
    Get down to work bums, a copy is with the house of reps.