***Says, all hope is not lost yet on LG autonomy
The deputy whip of the Senate, Senator Aliyu Sabi Abdulahi has dismissed suggestions that President Muhammadu Buhari and the All Progressives Congress Presidential Candidate Asiwaju Ahmed Tinubu are at loggerheads over the fuel scarcity and the Naira redesign policy.
Abdullahi who is also the senator representing Niger North Senatorial District was reacting to insinuations that the candidate’s outbursts in Abeokuta over the fuel scarcity and the scarcity of new Naira notes were directed at the presidency.
He spoke on Monday in Borgu, Niger State at the commissioning of the Township stadium project he sponsored.
According to him, Buhari will like his legacies to be sustained hence the reason he has been at the forefront campaigning for the APC candidate.
“All I want to tell you Is that we are working very hard to deliver our party, our party is intact. Because of the good work our father has been doing.
“He is aware and very patriotically so that he needs his legacy to be sustained and that is why he said he is a democrat, he is going to allow the Democratic process to take place. That is leadership and that is how our presidential candidate emerged. “As we are going to the national election, we believe as the president of this country his duty is to make sure that there is credible election.
“We are asking for credible election and we are going to anchor our victory on credible election and that is why we are working very hard. Our project 774 is one out of several thousands support groups that that are working day and night in all corners of this country to galvanise support.
“Just like our presidential campaign council is going from State to State to campaign massively asking Nigerians to give them this opportunity and their word is their bond.
“I believe so because they have done so because in the past they have been tested and they have been trusted. They have the character they have the capability to deliver on their promises
He said there was nothing wrong with the views expressed by Tinubu in Abeokuta.
“That is his view. Is there anything wrong with him expressing his view” I am in the National Assembly and we have moved motions for it’s extension
The concern we are showing is because of Nigerians.
He said that at home in his senatorial district, his constituents know him as they flock around him, but he can no longer attend to them because he doesn’t have the cash to give them again.
“But I am not angry. I believe it is a phase and it is a sacrifice we must all make to make our country better but what we are saying is let it have human face and our president is a listening President, he has heard the cries of our people and there is an extension so I ask all Nigerians to use the extension to do the needful let them not wait until the last day again.
On the Local Government autonomy in the constitutional amendment he urged Nigerians to mount pressure on the remaining state assemblies to vote in favour of local government autonomy.
“I’m still very hopeful that local government autonomy will be approved because we still have some states that are yet to vote on the constitution amendment bills.
“Out of the 27 states that have voted, some supported local government autonomy. So, it is still possible that we will achieve the required number.
“When the local government is developed, then we are developing Nigeria,” he said.