Bola Tinubu, the APC national leader, who have said time and time again that he cannot stand Bukola Saraki, the senate president, released a statement on Saturday welcoming the decision of the federal government to drop charges against Saraki and his deputy, Ike Ekweremadu.
“With these forgery charges found not to apply, it is good that they be dismissed so that the national assembly may focus on this important work ahead,” said Tinubu in a statement issued by his media aide, Tunde Rahman.
Tinubu said that the government’s decision to withdraw the charges of forgery and criminal conspiracy would help the APC focus on bringing progressive change it promised Nigerians.
“While those involved may understandably feel a sense of relief or vindication, this is no time for them to celebrate or to believe all is well with the nation simply because all has turned out well for them on this matter,” said Tinubu in a subtle rebuke to Saraki and Ekweremadu who sounded exultant in a statement they released after the charges were dropped.
Tinubu said the dropping of the charges presents a unique window of opportunity for the national assembly to reset its bearings and to focus on the real issues at hand.
“History will not look kindly on those involved if they were to squander this fine chance, as never before, Nigerians look to the various arms of government to perform their roles so that the country can walk the path of change and renewal.
“May those who are the beneficiaries of this legal outcome now rededicate yourselves to fulfilling the progressive tenets of the APC and to honoring the promises we made to the people with regard to their governance and well being.
“Now that you have overcome this legal battle, you must dedicate yourselves to helping Nigeria win the greater war against poverty, despair and failure.”
The tide for Saraki began to turn just before the senate went on recess in August as he reconstituted the senate committee chairmanships, giving prominent positions to some of his opponents in the senate including Tinubu’s wife, Oluremi.