Ali Wakili, a senator from Bauchi state, dismissed insinuations that country leader Muhammadu Buhari and Senate president Bukola Saraki were in a state of cold war.
Interestingly, it was provided yesterday that Buhari had been constantly turning down Saraki’s requests for official meetings because he was still “pained” over the outcome of the controversial Senate election.
Wakili, however, speaking in Bauchi on Monday, July 13, shared his point of view on the situation. He was quoted as saying by The Punch:
“I am getting sick of how some people are trying to destabilise the nation through false propaganda by creating bad blood between the National Assembly and the president.
“As one of the senators that supported the Senate president, I know for sure that neither Saraki nor any supporter of Saraki has the idea of fighting the presidency.
“We are sick and tired because our names are being dragged into the mud. Our constituents are asking us questions why we are quarreling with Mr President? We have taken our time to explain that there is no quarrel between Mr President and the Senate.
“If you go into the Constitution on the issue of oversight function, you will discover that the National Assembly has oversight function on all government activities that will not warrant that there is going to be a clash between the National Assembly and the presidency, especially under President Muhammadu Buhari.”
The period following the National Assembly has been associated with the crisis within the All Progressives Congress caused by the choice of chambers’ leaders. Although there were no visual signs of war between Buhari and Saraki, numerous reports claimed that the two politicians were not in warm relationships.