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Saraki Hails Falcons Over WAFU Success

Senate President, Bukola Saraki, on Monday lauded the Super Falcons for lifting the 2019 WAFU Cup following their soul-lifting display in the finals of the game last Saturday in Abidjan.

Saraki in a statement by his Special Adviser, Media and Publicity, Yusuph Olaniyonu, in Abuja, said the country cannot but be proud about the patriotism and resilience of its female national team.
He stated that even though the victory came after a hard fight, the Super Falcons have once again re-enacted their dominance in the sub-region.

“Your courage, discipline, team spirit and above all, patriotism have brought joy and fulfilment to all football lovers across the country.

“You have done us proud by remaining a source of inspiration to the younger generation. You have amply demonstrated once again that any worthy goal is achievable if pursued with focus, zeal, commitment and organization. Your success is our success. Congratulations!”

While commending the coach, players and technical crew for the exceptional feat, the President of the Senate expressed hope that the WAFU Cup would spur the female national team, once again, to another dazzling performance during the forthcoming FIFA Women’s World Cup Championship in France.

APC’s victory is a loss for the country – Saraki

Senate president, Bukola Saraki, has described the victory of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in the presidential election as a loss to the nation saying it will be short-lived.

Premium Times reports that Saraki spoke on Wednesday, March 20, at an emergency National Executive Committee (NEC) meeting of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Abuja. The Senate president condemned the role played by the military in the election saying it has made the country a laughing stock.

He said: “This victory that the other party has seen is going to be short lived. If anybody believes that it is a loss to PDP, it is a loss to the country that history will not forgive. “We said it many times here, that the worst to do is to do an election that as a country Nigeria will not be proud of. We have done an election that no doubt anybody and even those that think they have won are ashamed of the kind of election that we did.”

According to Saraki, it is a shame that those that were given that responsibility to conduct free and fair elections failed. He said they had Saturday, March 23, as their last opportunity to try as much as possible to reclaim part of their embarrassment to the country. “How can a country like Nigeria, as the speaker said, Ghana has done it, even Congo, even Zimbabwe have done elections. And we say we do elections, with seven inconclusive. We did elections before, in 2015, we did it in 2011, 1999 and after so many years, this is what we can produce.

“It is not a loss to the PDP, it is to the country. It just shows the level of desperation. I have confidence that this will be shortlived and as such let us ensure on Saturday, that these five states that are ours remain within the PDP and INEC should for once do what is right. “We have a great future ahead and I believe we will start that on Saturday to make sure that we defend those five states that are declared inconclusive,” he added.

Peter Obi who is the vice presidential candidate said the military should not only be blamed but those directing them. He said: “As for me, while we blame the INEC and the security agencies, the biggest shame goes to those who are directing them to do the wrong thing. “If you choose to be a leader, especially with APC that claims integrity, the biggest corruption and the biggest show of a government that does not believe in integrity is to rig election. Because the process through which you come into office, is far more fundamental than what you do there after.

“I think we should hold them responsible for what is happening in this country now. The examples we are setting for the young ones, I don’t know what they will tell a young man who is cheating in an exam in this country after seeing the ways our elections are conducted.

I don’t know what they will tell those who are robbing banks and kidnapping people, because we have seen the biggest of it by this election where people are happy after robbing the nation and their states.” Meanwhile, the APC has reacted to the PDP’s claim that they won the presidential election by 1.6 million votes. The APC in a statement signed by its national publicity secretary, Mallam Lanre Issa-Onilu, on Wednesday, March 20 said the claim by the PDP showed the party and its candidate, Atiku Abubakar, have slipped into post-election depression.

“Lagos is not Kwara” Tinubu on the “O te ge” movement (Video)

In a recent video available online, the leader of the All Progressive Congress (APC) has insisted that Lago is not like Kwara state and won’t be a place for the O to ge movement to take place.

He rather added that for Lagos State the slogan wouuld be O to pe suggesting that the government in the state was delivering on the good of the majority and won’t require such movement as the one that got Senate President Bukola Saraki out of the race for the Senate in the last elections.

“The next senate president, must be loyal to Buhari” – Omo-Agege

The senator representing Delta central, Ovie Omo-Agege, says President Muhammadu Buhari will determine who becomes senate president in the ninth assembly, TheCable Nigeria reports.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) quoted Omo-Agege as saying that anyone who will become senate president will have to be loyal to Buhari.

He pointed that they(All Progressive Congress (APC) Senators) will all abide “and fall in line” with any decision the president makes on choice of senate president.

The senator said the APC would avoid the scenario thatbrought up Bukola Saraki as the president of the senate in 2015.

“Anybody who is going to be senate president, in the 9th senate, must be somebody who is loyal to Mr President, the party and the constitution,” he said.

‘‘The senate president will be determined by Mr President. Mr President will indicate to us through the party who he wants to work with.

“What I can tell you is that we are going to have a senate that will work with Mr President.

‘‘The era of allowing renegades who rode on the back of Mr President, who rode on the back of the party to go in there and trade the party’s mandate, I think that era is gone.

‘‘I am very hopeful that this time around, Mr President will step in and decide not only the zone that will produce the Senate president and the leadership but also who, it should be.

‘‘We don’t want to erect another opposition leader in the senate, as we had in the 8th assembly.

‘‘There are a lot of us in the senate who are returning to the next senate who fits into that position.”

The legislative arm of government is supposed to be independent of the executive, according to the constitution.

“Nigerian people know how to reward those who are extremely arrogant”- Oshiomole on Saraki’s defeat

The national chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC),
Adams Oshiomhole, says Senate President Bukola Saraki’s reflects the power of the people in rejceting people who are arrogant.

He made this statement while addressing state house correspondents at the presidential villa in Abuja on Wednesday.

While refusing to mention any name, it coulöd easily be deduced that he was referring to the senate president. This was even clearer when he said
although the ruling party had plans to impeach Saraki, the people decided they would rather “bury him.”

Dr. Bukola Saraki, represents Kwara central senatorial district under the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and has been the President of the Senate since 2015. He, however, lost to Ibrahim Oloriegbe of the APC. Oloriegbe polled 123,808 votes to defeat the incumbent senator who secured 68,994 votes in the election.

“Let’s also say to be honest that as much as we want to be magnanimous in victory, there are couple of things that have happened, that show that the Nigerian people know how to reward those who are extremely arrogant,” Oshiomhole said.

“People who came to the senate with less than a 100,000 votes and began to hold the country to ransom, their own people have recalled them home. While we were saying that we will impeach them, their people said they would rather bury them.

“Politically, now, they are out. It shows the power of democracy, it’s a leveler, an equalizer.”You cannot be bigger than the people. Our people say that a politician is likened to an Okro tree, it should never grow taller than the person who planted it.

“And those who plant the political okro tree are the Nigerian people. I think, a couple of lessons have been learnt.

“This game is for those who are humble, those who believe in the people. There are no dynasties, the people are the sovereign.

“When they borrow you the power, remember, it is only lend to you, and it will expire, and it will require renewal. If you don’t behave, thy will remove you.”

Oshiomhole also spoke glowingly of the President-elect’s acceptance speech, saying nothing less is expected of a statesman.

“I think Mr. President’s statement is what you expect from a statesman, that even in victory, he sowed humility and hand of fellowship to those who share commitment to the future of Nigeria and contested against him. But in every race, there would always be a winner,” he said.

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