Senate president Bukola Saraki has finally revealed why he is always against the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) and fighting President Muhammadu Buhari.
Legit.ng gathered that the former governor of Kwara state made the revelation in a leaked audio while he was addressing his supporters in the state.
He said in 2015 he carried APC on his head around Nigeria, adding that there was state that he did not campaign for Muhammadu Buhari.
Saraki alleged that he paid for the elections in 30 state out of the 36 states of the federation up to the time of the election in 2015.
He also said that out of 36 states in Nigeria he funded President Muhammadu Buhari’s campaign in 30 states, saying that in some states, he paid N200million, some N300million while some state got N400million each.
But Sakari, however, said that the only states he did not fund during the build up to 2015 general elections are southwest states.
The leaked audio, which was transcribed and translated from Yoruba to English by a social commentator, Kayode Ogundamisi, read: All that you have complained about tonight is on point, I can not find anything you have said that is not on point, you complained about empowerment.
“Let us agree that the last three and a half years, things have not been easy at all, I agree and accept things have not been easy at all, particularly in the area of empowerment.
“Before 2015 I have always tried to empower the youth and get you involved in appointments, but this time around as a result of what I call human factor, things have not been the same, I believe it is the will of God.
“When you all are complaining and you give example of Gegele and co and you compare it to what is happening now, I am sure you are asking yourself, what is happening? how come all of you struggling with me are not rewarded, it is unacceptable.
“What is the point of putting everything into the emergence of a government and we could not benefit anything from the government, you are asking yourself, what have you benefited.
“If you have not benefited personally in the last three and a half years, how do you go to market us, wont people ask you what you have benefited for yourself?
“It got to a stage that people will be making fun of you and asking you what you have benefited, but what is happening from Abuja, use me as an example, in 2015 I carried APC on my head around Nigeria.
“Hardly any state in Nigeria that I did not campaign for Muhammadu Buhari, up to the time of the election in 2015, out of 36 states I paid for the election of 30 states.
“Out of 36 states in Nigeria I funded Muhammadu Buhari, campaign in 30 states, some states I paid N200million, some N300million, some N400million, the only states I did not fund are southwest states.
“Many times I will be calling my banks to send money to fund elections across Nigeria for Muhammadu Buhari, my thinking was that when we get elected, the next thing is that we will get majority of our people appointments.
“In fact, I had already promised some of you here that you will either be MD of federal agencies, either road maintenance, NIPDA (inaudible) even Nigerian Ports Authority, SUBEB and so on and so forth.
“I know if I put someone among you from Kwara even in the smallest federal agencies, the contract you will sign out, one million, two million, but for the first time that I have been in politics even speaker can’t appoint a cleaner.
“I as the president of the National Assembly, I could not even appoint a cleaner not to talk of board appointment, if you look at executive positions, I have nothing even after spending billions for three and a half years, I am as angry as you are.
“I am fighting Muhammadu Buhari, because of you, if it is because of me, I wont fight, it is not easy to fight the federal government, the sufferings you are all going trough is because they did not fulfill our agenda.
“In 2018, I told you all I won’t be going with All Progressives Congress (APC) but in the last one or two months that I left, I have been doing a lot for you people, my politics is for all of you, I am just here to empower you all, don’t mind the one who just bought form for N33million.
“It was not my plan not to appoint you, when David Mark was the Senate president, every confirmation he made for the president came with something, if they really love us, now you will be empowered.
“In the past, we did have a cut for Senate president and speaker but not anymore, so we are no longer going with APC as soon as we joined PDP they called me national leader when I lost election Atiku came to me immediately.
“Now we have seen the sign that if Atiku becomes Nigerian president things will come to us, he told me I am the only one that can run his campaign, I know it is not easy for you all, but let me assure you things will be better.
“God see my “Aniyan” (Arabic word) now in PDP, they have brought us closer, how many people in Kwara did APC bring together in Kwara, now we will soon have power, today in APC they want us to go to Asiwaju Tinubu in Lagos.
“If I am the only one in PDP, I will fight alone, my father made Kwara and took Kwara to the top 10 in Nigeria and I also took Kwara to between number 1 to 3 in Nigerian politics and they now want us to bow to Lagos.
“In the coming election we will put youth into power in Kwara, let us take Razak Atunwa as he his, he will take care of you all, all those who contested against him are loyal but Atunwa will….. inaudible.f
“When I was governor, I gave a lot of young people contract, they buy land etc and then empower others, I want to return you to the days of when I was governor when you were all enjoying, Atiku will open things when we win election.
“You know as a leader, I see things that followers don’t see, when we followed Muhammadu Buhari, we felt after spending money, we saw that he failed to reward us, so we said this Baba is not coming back, no money, no patronage all over Nigeria.
“Even with all the problems we have with Muhammadu Buhari, the little cut I get, I always send to Kwara but I can tell you that we had to design a method to make the little we have, they did not involve us in sharing.
“The only agenda APC has for Kwara is to fight Bukola Saraki, they favour Osun state with empowerment, for the remaining time of Muhammadu Buhari, we will still get some things, we gave them list for FIRS for three years, they did not employ our list.
“Thank you for listening to me.”