Buhari Refuses To Congratulate Saraki & Dongara For Ignoring His Meeting Request

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June 10, 2015 – Buhari Refuses To Congratulate Saraki & Dongara For Ignoring His Meeting Request, Conducting Election In Absence Of Key APC Members

The Presidency on Wednesday, said the Clerk of the National Assembly and Senate President, Bukola Saraki, snubbed President Muhammadu Buhari’s request and conducted the election that produced Saraki as Senate President.

The Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media and Publicity, Garba Shehu, said that there was a request for the National Assembly to move the time of the inauguration in other for the meeting with the All Progressives Congress lawmakers to hold.

Shehu, who spoke on Sunrise Daily, a morning programme on Channels TV, explained that Buhari declined to meet the 51 APC lawmakers at the International Conference Centre because election had already been completed by lawmakers who stayed back at the National Assembly complex.

According to him, the point of going to the ICC was lost once the process of election had begun.
He said: “Well, President Buhari had planned to be there to show support for the party and once the process had began, the point had been lost. Let me make this clear, I think somebody just wanted to bump into the

President because the President had discussed what he wants. Governor Saraki directly or indirectly, the clerk of the National Assembly was reached directly or indirectly and they would have shown that respect to Mr. President, but the process went ahead. And that is it.

“I am talking about the clerk, governor saraki, the key characters in all of these had sufficient information directly or indirectly coming to them that the President will be meeting the party members and the party chairman was present on the ground. Assumption would have been that every loyal and committed party member would have presented themselves to the party and to their President. That did not happen yesterday (Tuesday).

“I mean the information had been made available to people who would have decide this process. A respect for the President even if and for him to have made this point, even the outcome would have been the same. They chose to be absent. They chose to respect their party and the President. 51 APC Senators decided to answer the call of the party and the President and were present to this meeting. It was not as if it was a secret meeting.

“The party had begun a process and concluded it and some of these actors were part of that process. They knew what had happened. There was a shadow election of some sort. It is clear that there was nothing accidental in all of these things that happened. The process I meant, what I meant is that the APC as a party had began a process for choosing leaders. There was a shadow election in which leaders were chosen on the platform of the political party and it was complete. There was no doubt about it.

Shehu debunked claims that the meeting was made secret, adding that the invitation for the meeting was online and all efforts were made to notify the key people involved in the drama that played out on Tuesday.
He also denied that President Buhari deliberately kept the 51 APC lawmakers at the ICC in order for them not to partake in the election.

Shehu added that the President has not congratulated Saraki and Dogara over their victories

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19 thoughts on “Buhari Refuses To Congratulate Saraki & Dongara For Ignoring His Meeting Request

  1. Nigerians should not soon forget Bukola Saraki’s father, Olusola Saraki was an ardent and committed Chairman of Arewa Consultative Forum before his sudden death. Bukola Saraki’s traitorous behaviour couldn’t be less expected because his father had hoodwinked the entire Kwaran Yorubas into believing allegiance to the core north is more beneficial to the political relevance of Kwaran Yorubas than with the Yorubas of South West. Bukola has thus become the first benefitial of post-demise of his father’s allegiance to the core north by rallying northern PDP former colleagues to defy the leadership of APC and staged a “coup” to become the Senate President on the blind sight of APC members. Saraki should be watched closely for his ante-party indulgements with PDP otherwise, his actions and inactions is capable of creating a crack that’ll eventually devide the ranks of APC. Nigerians should not forget Saraki’s father remained rigid, resolute, uncompromising and maintained an entrenched position in an unpopular course of imposing his beloved daughter, the Governor of Kwara State even when it became obvious his actions had devided the entire family into political protagonists. This family treacherous character trait is even at a family level which is rare in other jurisdictions around the world. Bukola Saraki couldn’t be any bothered following on the footstep of his father under whose tutelage he became an astute politician; by becoming the hawks in the ranks of APC as Senate President. It has become a Saraki family trait to be treacherous and therefore should be watched closely before further damage is done to the APC party.

  2. Bukola Saraki is from Ilorin Kwara and they full of atrocities, that is why we always call the people from their town, Ilorin mesu Jamba because of their evil character

    • God bless you for this comment, ilorin mesu Jamba it’s a good thing it happened earlier , Apc should think of working without Saraki and co to keep the party intact.

  3. It is laughable 2 hear that the president deliberately held up 51 APC senators so that they will not participate in the election of the senate president. While it was obvious that they were taken unawares which some their members confirmed so. What are they really whining about? They just got to eat what is called humble pie.

  4. Buhari one suspects knows about Sataki going to the Assembly to do this sneeky election. Not at all convinced by Buhari especially with him less than a few hours him comgratulating Saraki, and saying he is willing to work with him. I think Atiku, Tambuwal and Buhari are all in the act as a way of preparing for the north to retain powet come 2019. Also as a way of putting/checkmating Tinubu.
    This has been a disappointment in the way Buhari has acted. If he was really a CHANGE AGENT as he profess to be he would have been screaming, shouting and immediately calling for a re-election as pwr what just happened at house. One feels this man is just glad to be President, realised his dream after so many attempts and ALSO IMPORTANTLY WORKING TOWARDS A NORTHERN AGENDA, especially seeing how previous Northern elected politicians have just been looting funds for their develipment. This man is not an APC man one suspects, most of him is still CPC. Forget this change, annoyed that i bought into this rubbish.
    Rumour even has it that Ex Gov Amaechi is BEEN CONSIDERED FOR THE ROLE OF NIGER DELTA MINISTER OF SOME SORT, a role he is said to have referred to as insulting, after all the risks he took. Sai Buhari indeed. Also its been noted that he is looking at past and present politicians that might be loyal to him as MINISTERS as supposed to TECHNOCRATS THAT WE WERE PROMISED BEFORE THE ELECTION.

    • You simply are lost in your own weak aticulations of ideas which don’t add-up, except your speculative statements which are more confusing than any intelligent person can easily understand. Your write-up is laced with weak understanding of Nigerian politics and I wonder what sence all of what you’ve written make to the ordinary Nigerians who are yearning to be liberated from the shackle of poverty left behind by Ebele Jonathan.

  5. What weak articulation are you referring to Mr “sense” (as you feel you are more eloquent than others). Most blogs have carried the story that there might have been a plot by the northern bigwigs who defected from PDP TO APC to i.e Atiku, Kwankwaso, Tambuwal to have worked towards this plot in getting Saraki nominated as the SENATE PRESIDENT. It was reported that this will pave the way for an Atiku as well as Tambuwal bid for presidency in 2019.
    Get your self out of the cave where you reside sometimes and get a clue. Instead of throwing insults at peoples opinion.
    I formed my opinion haven’t read different opinions, articles and journals unlike you who is stating the obvious about Saraki and his family traits. Its no open secret about how he has hoodwinked the APC in bis quest for power. The surprise package was how BUHARI had reacted whic h one believes was to calm. He conceded too easily which inorder words makes neutrals wonder if he really understands the ramifications of having a PDP man in disguise as the third powerful man in Nigeria. In addition to that there are speculation that he might have acknowledged Saraki as way of curbing Tinubu’s influence in the Senate and House of Assembly as both nominees selected (Lawan and Gbami) were his men.
    Buhari as been reported is not making decisions quickly which has made many wonder if he might have any solutions at all or just be content for now thus still wallowing in his victory 2 wks on after his swearing, despite many promises pre election that they were going to hit tbe ground running once in power. Words in the ears of Saraki for instance before leaving for the G7 conference would have curb any of Saraki’s shenannigans but instead he delegated the settling of the dispute amongst the rowing party members.over who becomes SENATE PRESIDENT into the hands of the VP who we now heard was disrespected.by Saraki. Believe it or not there is power tussle in the APC, Atiku for instance one notice is not happy he lost to Buhari at the APC primaries hence why he might have connived with other FORMER PDP members as well as current ones to broker the emergence of Saraki as Senate president. Why did Saraki pay him a courtesy visit just after the “hurried senate” election as reported in the news. Atiku not only congratulated him at a time when most of APC.members felt betrayed by what Saraki had done but also acknowledge as if his hollow victory was legit. Speculation about working towards 2019 presidency by Atiku and others as mentionedd is reported everywhere you only have to search MR OLAOSEBIKAN!!!! Otherwise why is it reported that Atiku is going to be reprimanded for his congratulatory embrace with Saraki.
    In relations to not buying into the change being sold.to Nigerians this might come but might not be at a faster pace as expected going by what we are seeing from Buhari at the moment. He is not a strategist as one thought, Idiagbon might have been that during that Buhari military led rule.
    Penny dropped when 2 weeks on Buhari is yet to nominate his ministers, lost both houses which would have given his policies easy passage(the minority PDP NOW CONTROL BOTH HOUSES despite losing the election), doesn’t seem perturbed over this big clanger instead he came out with a statement tbat he would work with Saraki. More also is the fact that the TECHNOCRAT that was promised by Buhari and APC.in the manifesto and during campaign eems to have disappeared into thin air. Instead talk is of past experienced politicians coming back into power. (And i was in full support of Buhari after is emergence as the APC candidate, believe what you may as its no secret the incompetence and lack of know-how of Mr Ebele).Ask yourselves how prepared is Buhari where since April election and May 29th swearing in he is yet to know who will be his MINISTERS. We are now in June yet no sign of any nominations. I was on the belief that well experienced technocrats in great instituitions all over the world would be invited TO SEND IN THEIR CVs/RESUME for tbe best candidate to emerge these ministries i.e ministry of health, Agriculture etc. Yes experienced trial horses can be nominated into foreign affairs etc but no talk is of old politicians that have served in past.governments, coming back to serve.
    So read this write-up, spread.out in lay man’s terms as compared to your big vocabulary, typical of Nigerian male ego-manic.
    And for the record never said was in support of Jonathan. Its obvious to see that the man with no shoes has regressed the economy a few years. Its just that the change we hope to have is making reality set in. Nigerian politicians just insist on having the status quo in place with all.these road blocks and party bickering.

    • I can conveniently ignore all your rhetorics and very confused analysis. I reckon you are still struggling to come to terms with the defeat of your compatriot Jonathan. I can only wish you quick recovery from that shock defeat so you can think much more intelligently and to accept the changes bestowed on Nigeria in good faith. You and I have all witnessed what PDP did in the last 16 years with our collective sovereign authority, surrendered to them at the polls over the years and, where Nigeria was heading to before God’s interventions on behalf of ordinary and down trodden Nigerians. If your arguments after all that has happened to Nigeria under the watch of Ebele Jonathan; you still remain in a renewed euphorea of PDP defectors attaining the leadership of the Houses, you probably need some psychiatric analysis.

  6. I can conveniently ignore all your rhetorics and very confused analysis. I reckon you are still struggling to come to terms with the defeat of your compatriot Jonathan. I can only wish you quick recovery from that shock defeat so you can think much more intelligently and to accept the changes bestowed on Nigeria in good faith. You and I have all witnessed what PDP did in the last 16 years with our collective sovereign authority, surrendered to them at the polls over the years and, where Nigeria was heading to before God’s interventions on behalf of ordinary and down trodden Nigerians. If your arguments after all that has happened to Nigeria under the watch of Ebele Jonathan; you still remain in a renewed euphorea of PDP defectors attaining the leadership of the Houses, you probably need some psychiatric analysis.

  7. @OLAOSEBIKAN you are one funny youngster, either still finding yourself or your one of those argumentative guys that is always right. Empty rhetoric boy opinion is like an arsehole and you are one for saying you “need psychiatric evaluation. My initial comment wasn’t even directed at you but of course someone like you who would pick a fight with himself even in the dark comes with insults that ones comment is weak. Get a grip. Also learn to read, never said i rooted for Jonathan or encouraged by him with how the country was managed. I have posted on blogs on how this man is a big letdown haven’t sold the line that he had no shoes.
    Try and socialise more. I am Yoruba and actually feel embarrassed for you that your energy could be channelled in better ways than picking fights on blogs because you cant have your way.

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