Saraki Welcomes Obaseki to PDP, Says Oshiomhole’s Masquerade Will Dance Naked In Market

A file photo of former Senate President, Dr Bukola Saraki.

 

Former Senate President, Dr. Abubakar Bukola Saraki, on Friday welcomed Edo State Governor, Godwin Obaseki, into the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) and predicted the political downfall of suspended All Progressives Congress National Chairman, Adams Oshiomhole.

Earlier on Friday, Obaseki announced he was now a card-carrying member of the PDP after leaving the APC.

In a statement signed by his spokesman, Yusuph Olaniyonu, Saraki thanked Obaseki’s colleagues and PDP Governors for how they managed the Governor’s transition into the party by not “just unilaterally taking decisions without the input of the leaders of the party in Edo State.”

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“That is why my appeal will, at this point, go to all of us, the leaders and stakeholders, who gave assurances that agreement will be honoured, we need to ensure that the NWC of our party plays its own supervisory role by making sure that those agreements entered into by the Governor and the local chapter should be kept, particularly since I am very sure they are all lawful and in the interest of peace and development of the state,” Saraki added. “That is the only way to keep our integrity intact.”

On Oshiomhole, Saraki said he was forced to comments because of the former’s constant verbal attacks directed at him.

“At this point, it will be odd if I fail to comment on the situation that led to the change of party by Governor Obaseki,” he said. “While I have kept my cool and ignored all the verbal attacks directed at me by the suspended chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Mr. Adams Oshiomhole, I have always known that a day like this would come when his masquerade will dance naked in the market.

“The truth is always constant and no matter how far falsehood travels, the truth will catch up with it one day. Oshiomhole can fool people for a long time but he cannot fool the people all the time. What is happening to him now is a moment of truth. This same man who was garrulously proclaiming the end of the political career of some other people is now about to meet his Waterloo.

“He has continued to use his mouth to divide his party and I believe there is a lesson for all politicians to learn from the fate of the suspended APC chairman. No autocrat can successfully pretend to be a Democrat. The true character of a man will come out one day”, he said.

According to Olaniyonu’s statement, Saraki further stated that all lovers of democracy should be interested in the emergence of a healthy and strong party system and organisation which would provide viable platforms for people to aspire and provide quality leadership to the country.

Rivers United Beat ABS 2-0 In NPFL Clash

Rivers United Beat ABS 2-0 In NPFL ClashRivers United have beaten Abubakar Bukola Saraki (ABS) FC 2-0 in a rescheduled game in Port Harcourt.

Christian Weli and Godbless Asamoah scored in each half of the match played on Thursday at the Yakubu Goon Stadium.

Following the success, United moved to 17th spot on the Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL) table.

On the other hand, ABS have remained in 13th place with 22 points from 17 matches.

SWAN Condemns Gateway’s Refusal To Play Against ABS

SWAN, Gateway, ABSThe Sports Writers Association of Nigeria (SWAN) has condemned Gateway United FC’s refusal to play against the Abubakar Bukola Saraki (ABS) FC, citing the inadequacy of security personnel.

SWAN President, Honour Sirawoo, who made the censure, stated that whatever grievances they had could have been settled after the match.

He also criticised the interference of the Ogun State Commissioner for Sports whom he said directed the players against playing.

Gateway Refuse To Play

Spectators had arrived at the Ilorin Stadium as early as 3:00pm on Sunday to watch the all-important match where Gateway and ABS sought outright win to gain promotion to the Nigerian Professional Football League.

When the match officials and referee called out the two teams, it was only the ABS that came out to the pitch.

Despite several blowing of whistles by the referee, the Gateway players refused to come on the pitch as the officials waited till 4:30pm before awarding three goals and three points to the hosts.

The officials, led by the match commissioner, Ezra Zuma, took the decision after 30 minutes when ABS players and referees were already on the pitch.

With the resolution, the Ilorin side have 24 points and 21 goals to lead Group B2 of the lower league.

The General Manager of Gateway United FC, Tunji Onatolu, alleged that the ABS did not provide enough security, contrary to article Three-Four of the NNL and NFF which stated that a minimum of 50 security officials must be provided by the home club.

He also claimed that all the antics played by their host were pre-staged and pre-determined and vowed to challenge the decision of the match commissioner.

Rejecting the claims, ABS Director of Sports, Aloy Chukwuemeka, stated that the rule indicated that 50 security personnel should be provided for any match and that they provided about 70 security officials.

He purported that Gateway United had come to Ilorin with antics but were beaten ahead by the ABS FC.

Chukwuemeka, however, dedicated the victory to the proprietor of the club and the Nigerian Senate President, Dr. Bukola Saraki.