Senate President Bukola Saraki, on Sunday said the federal government would have “silenced” him and forced him to resign “if he had skeleton in his cupboard”.
He said this at a reception by residents of Offa, where he led members of his party at a campaign rally in the local government, according to a statement by his Special Adviser on New Media, Olu Onemola.
Mr Saraki, who addressed community chiefs and supporters of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), said the Buhari-led government has nothing to offer Kwara State.
He also told the audience that his boldness in confronting the federal might was because he has “clean hands” otherwise he “would have been dealt with seriously”.
“Our campaign has a definite plan for Kwara State and Nigeria. Since we joined the PDP the party has honoured Kwara State, they gave us DG of Campaign, National Leader of the party and have agreed that if the party wins, Senate President is our slot in Kwara.
“But what has the other party (APC) to offer? If I have skeleton in my cupboard this government would have silenced me and forced me to drop the campaign.
“But for God and the support of the people I would not be standing today. They didn’t want to honour our agreement. We all laboured and what they couldn’t get in three times they got it and we demanded that they give to Kwara what we deserve,” he said.
The lawmaker who said he sees himself as a son of Offa, urged lovers of the state not to follow Mr Buhari.
“We need to teach our seasonal politicians a lesson on the poll date. We want community development, let everybody come and contribute their quota to our communities; when Saraki ‘do’ his own and let them too do their own. I heard that some politicians have been buying JAMB forms in 2019. The question to ask is where were they in 2016, where were they in 2017?
“APC leaders in Kwara can’t access President Buhari for anything. They will first have to go and submit their request to Lagos (APC chieftain, Bola Tinubu) and it is only when Lagos is satisfied with the request that it will be forwarded to Buhari who may or not do it.
“Anybody who loves Kwara will not follow Buhari. The Federal Civil Service Commission that was supposed to rotate to Kwara, he has refused and given it to another state,” he said.