Senate President Bukola Saraki reveals how he worked so hard for APC, and how he spent millions of Naira campaigning for President Buhari in 2015.
According to Pulse, The Senate President made the statement in an audio obtained on Twitter from @DoubleEph, where he also explained why he has not been able to get federal appointment slots for youths from Kwara state.
There are so many ways to listen to this. The one I like is – watching a skilful Nigerian politician piling his political machine ahead of elections. This is how the game is played, forget everything else https://t.co/p0LNkZdvhH
— tyro (@DoubleEph) November 17, 2018
During a meeting with his supporters, Saraki said
“Use me as an example. In 2015, or maybe 2014-2015, when we left the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and began to work devotedly for the All Progressives Congress (APC), we went round.
“There is no state in Nigeria that I did not go to campaign for Buhari. Up to the time of the election in 2015, I was still campaigning. Even days before the Saturday election, out of 36 states, I paid money for the elections in 30 states.
“I disbursed several amounts, ranging from N200m to N400m. The states I didn’t know anything about, were the states in the South-West.
“I was putting calls through to my bank and giving payment instructions.”
He also explained why he has not been able to get federal appointment slots for youths from Kwara state.
“We were thinking that after all our efforts, when we get to power, when it gets to appointments (remember I was joking with some of you that you will go to Abuja with me), that some of them will be made MDs of agencies (road maintenance, NPA etc).Because I know that if a Kwara person becomes even an ED (Executive Director) of UBEC – Universal Basic Education Commission, I know the amount he can sign from his desk, even if it is N1m or N2m.”
“Even if you do not want to give us positions, leave us alone, but no, it from one court to the other for three and half years. The point I am making is that it is not my desire to hurt you neither is it my plan for you go through these things. I am just as irritated as you are.
“That is why I said that it is not possible for me to work with these people again. If it the whole thing is about me, what can they offer me? You know, it is a risk to challenge the Federal Government.
“It is easier to just sit and watch, but challenging the Federal Government is not easy.”
According to the Senate President, his agenda since he became Governor of Kwara state, has been to encourage youths to play their role in governance.
“All the things you have said today are on point. From the issue of empowerment. Even as you cited that when the G20 group started, you got empowerment. Even a lot of our members developed themselves during that period.
“You will agree that in the last three years, it has not been easy. You need to accept that it has not been easy for anybody.
“One thing I would like you to know it that when I started the youth in government drive, during my first term as Governor when we agreed that youths should also be given a place in governance, even at the council level.
“Up to till now, even if it is a commissioner, or Governor, by the grace of God youths have a place.
“If you look at our journey from then till now, youths have been given a place in governance. My agenda has always been to make way for youths to grow, be in government and play their role.”