Senate President Bukola Saraki has described All Progressive Congress’ (APC) National Chairman Adams Oshiomhole’s threats to sue him to court as empty, imploring the ex-Governor to meet him in court.
The pair has been engaged in heated exchanges in recent weeks with the Senate president describing Mr Oshiomhoke as unfit to rule the APC following bribery allegations during the party primaries.
Mr Sarki also stated that Nigerians are eagerly awaiting how President Muhammadu Buhari will handle the allegations of bribery allegations.
This was made known in a statement by his Special Adviser (Media and Publicity), Yusuph Olaniyonu.
Mr Saraki said he “will be ready to meet him (Oshiomhole) in court.”
“Nigerians are waiting to see how the President will handle the serious allegations against his party chairman. We expect the President with his anti-corruption campaign to institute thorough and transparent investigation into the allegations against his party chairman.
“The failure of the President to get to the root of the matter will finally destroy his ability and that of the party to continue to talk of any anti-graft battle. The President should let the investigation be thorough, open and transparent. This is no time for any cover-up,” he stated.
Mr Saraki maintained that until the outcome of a thorough investigation is known to Nigerians and the APC chairman is cleared of the allegations against him, Mr Oshiomhole is not on a firm ground to talk about morality or fight against corruption.
The statement is coming two days after Mr Saraki attacked the APC chairman, saying he had no moral right to remain in politics following allegations of kickbacks levelled against him.
“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,” Mr Saraki said in Ilorin on Tuesday.
Reacting, Mr Oshiomhole in a statement by his chief press secretary, Simon Ebegbulem, early Thursday threatened to sue Mr Saraki.
“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.”
Since his defection to the opposition PDP, Mr Saraki has been in a battle with Mr Oshiomhole who at several times called for his resignation as Senate President.