The fight betwen APC National Chairman, Adams Oshiomole and Senate President Bukola Saraki, this morning, took a different turn with Oshiomole threatening to sue Saraki.Saraki had in an interview with newsmen in Ilorin yesterday, said Oshiomhole has ‘no locus standi to talk about morality in today’s Nigeria’s politics’. He alleged that Oshiomole collected financial gratifications from some APC members during the party’s primaries in October.
“I think Oshiomhole has no locus standi to talk about morality today. Oshiomhole is somebody who has been told to have been collecting not even naira but dollars from candidates and he is being accused by his party’s aspirants and governors.
I don’t think he has any moral ground, even to continue to be in politics, not to talk about being a chairman of a party.
Reacting to Saraki’s claim, Oshiomole in a statement by his Chief Press Secretary, Simon Ebegbulem, threatened to sue Saraki if he fails to mention one aspirant that allegedly gave him money.
“It is sad that Saraki, who just woke up from slumber occasioned by his crushing defeat at the Port Harcourt presidential primary of his party, could degenerate to such a low level.
“It is equally sad, but not unexpected, that Saraki, who is politically drowning, would make such libelous comments against the national chairman of the APC. And I challenge Saraki to mention one name of an aspirant that gave money to the National Chairman or we file a legal action against him.
“Whereas the basis on which he made those comments was tenuous and unjustifiable, it is on record that Saraki has been in the eye of investigations by the EFCC and the ICPC for sundry cases of corruption.
“That is the same man that has taken it upon himself to question Comrade Oshiomhole’s credibility.”
“We challenge him to mention one person who has claimed that he gave money to Oshiomhole to influence him and the decision of the party’s national working committee in the just-concluded primary elections. We insist that Saraki with his kind of prebendal politics is nothing but a monumental disgrace to the nation’s democracy.”