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Akpabio: Buhari Deliberately Punished The Senate Because We Questioned His Loan Requests – Saraki




Former Senate President, Bukola Saraki, has disclosed that erstwhile president, Muhammadu Buhari punished the eighth senate.

He stated this on Thursday while reacting to Senate President Godswill Akpabio’s remark that he was not part of the Senate under Saraki.

Akpabio had said that the eighth Senate under Saraki only funded 40 percent of constituency projects.

Responding, Saraki claimed that Buhari deliberately refused to approve funds for the constituency projects for the eighth senate.

Speaking via a statement by his media aide, Yusuph Olaniyonu, the former lawmaker argued that Akpabio ought to know about the issue because he was the minority leader for about three years.

The statement reads, “However, he has also been persuaded by the need to explain the project funding process in the budget such that members of the public will not be misguided about the roles of the various institutions and individuals in the process.

“For clarification, the Saraki Media Office will want members of the public to note that then President Muhammadu Buhari deliberately refused to approve funds for the constituency projects of members of the eighth National Assembly, obviously to punish the members for questioning some of the loan requests presented by the executive before the legislature.

“Instead of viewing the legislature’s scrutiny of the loan’s request and the demand for elaborate explanations that would help in making informed decisions as democratic necessities, the Buhari government’s reaction was to be hostile and to seek to stifle the performance of the legislature.

“The refusal to fund constituency projects of members of the legislature was used as one of the retaliatory instruments. That was the experience of the 8th National Assembly.

“Mr Akpabio, as Senate minority leader for over three years in the four-year tenure of the 8th Senate, ought to know better and even his experience as Senate President in the last eight months also ought to have made him more informed.”