The Senate President, Bukola Saraki, has debunked speculations about juicy offers being made to him and his associates as part of the on-going discussions with the presidency and leadership of the All Progressives Congress (APC).
He stated in response to reports about promise of money or oil block and nomination tickets alleged to have been made to him to remain in the APC.
In a statement by his special adviser on media and publicity, Yusuph Olaniyonu, Saraki said that those viewing the ongoing development in that context are simply reducing a major national issue involving many key actors to that of personal benefits and preferences.
He insisted that what is at stake is the future of the country and its democracy and that it will be myopic for anybody to be talking about whether certain offers have been made to an individual or if such offers would be accepted or not.
He said it is important for Nigerians to know that the discussions he and many others of like minds are having with the presidency and that the leadership APC is not about him.
“It involves the future of our country and her democracy. It is about making things better for our people,” he declared.
“Though there are many speculations being peddled in the media, let it be known these discussions are not about me. Whatever has happened to me in the past has passed.
“Now that God in his infinite mercy has vindicated me, I have moved on, believing that we have all learnt our lessons.
“Our focus should now be about Nigeria. The major issue on the table for discussion is how to strengthen our democracy, rebuild our economy, stop the spate of insecurity, improve the conditions of living of our people and generally chart a course for the development of this great country.
“We will be insulting Nigerians if, as the 2019 elections draw nearer, our deliberations is about personal benefits or how to pay compensation for wrongs done to an individual.
“It is for all our supporters and associates to deliberate upon and take a decision based on the overall interest of our people. It is my prayers that Almighty God will guide us right in all our decisions and make a positive turn-around in our country.”