An audio of a June 9, 2015 speech by Senator Shehu Sani revealed that the senator, who is now a close associate for Senate President Bukola Saraki, was once unsettled about Mr. Saraki’s emergence as the leader of the upper legislative chamber.
In the audio, the outspoken senator is heard condemning Mr. Saraki’s presidency of the Senate as a setback and a betrayal of All Progressives Congress (APC) by Mr. Saraki.
The audio was recorded in Abuja at a reception held for Mr. Sani shortly after his inauguration as a senator.
In the audio, obtained exclusively by SaharaReporters, Senator Sani also described Mr. Saraki’s controversial election as the Senate president as part of a plot to undermine President Muhammadu Buhari’s government and to possibly impeach Mr. Buhari in order to bring back former President Goodluck Jonathan.
In the audio, Senator Sani, who spoke in Hausa, berated some APC senators, accusing them of betraying their party by conspiring with senators of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) to make a PDP senator the Deputy President of the Senate. He vowed to lead a rebellion and a fight to the finish against the powers enthroned at the Senate.
Below is a translation of Mr. Sani’s speech, remarkable because it contradicts the senator’s present stance of servile loyalty to Mr. Saraki to the point that he frequently accompanies the Senate president during his appearances at the Code of Conduct Tribunal where Senator Saraki is facing trial for falsification his asset declaration:
“I would like to begin by extending our appreciation and profound gratitude to you all for leaving your houses and your places of work to be here to witness the inauguration of both the House of Representatives and the Senate. Honestly speaking, I will not hide this from you, that today is meant to be a day of celebration for APC but unfortunately it has turned out to be a sad day with regards to what happened.
“During the elections, we called on men and women, boys and girls to come out en masse. Many of them slept on the streets to vote for this party. Despite all of these efforts, not all positions in the Senate are led by APC members [because] some have betrayed the party and connived with PDP to share positions amongst themselves.
“We spent 16 years fighting the PDP; they didn’t give nor share anything with our people. There is no kind of plea that we did not do in the past three weeks for us to unite ourselves in the Senate, but all was in vain.
“There are two people contesting for this position: Ahmed Lawan from Yobe and Bukola Saraki from Kwara. Bukola Saraki knows he is not popular in the APC. The party called him and sat him down, but he refused to listen.
“The President, Muhammadu Buhari, called him and sat down with him but he also refused to listen. He went to sit with David Mark and co and they shared the positions amongst themselves. They connived and appointed him Senate President and they appointed a PDP member as Deputy Senate President, a position that is meant for an APC member.
“After that, they gave the post of Majority Leader to David Mark, a PDP member. So 51 of us are not in support of this, because of the promises I made during campaign that I will fight and expose any evil act in the Senate.
“This is why I said that I will challenge anyone sharing political post with PDP even if I will be the only one. If they like they can invite me, but whether they invite me or not I will never compromise with PDP.
“Our people didn’t vote us to compromise with PDP. As such, I will not compromise. The issue behind this is that there will be problems whenever President Muhammadu Buhari wants to implement something good.
“Already they met PDP members yesterday night. Some PDP members met us yesterday that they will support us if we can assure them of some positions, but we rejected their offer. But they went and met Bukola Saraki, together with Yariman Bakura and connived and gave big positions to the party that is not the winning party.
"As such, it is not the position that I am worried about, but the promise I made to you that I will never connive with PDP members. For this reason, I will not keep silent because of what will be given to me. So, whenever you hear some members of the Senate rebelling against the leadership of the Senate, I am their leader.
“What happened today was, President Muhammadu Buhari this morning sent us a text message for all of us to meet at the International Conference Center in order to mediate between Ahmed Lawan and Bukola Saraki. But they rejected the invitation and went on to connive with PDP members that gave him Senate leadership.
“Therefore, I want whoever is here present to know this before you start hearing it in the media. If care is not taken, all the struggles we did in the last 16 years fighting PDP would be in vain. I will not hide anything from you: the enemies are not in the PDP but within the APC.
“Their secret and evil plan is to sabotage this government so that President Buhari cannot do anything and at the end impeach him to bring Jonathan back. Imagine APC members conniving with PDP members rather than to come for unity. This is the reason we met here with you today, to emphasize my commitment to you that my senatorial post differs from the previous senators you were used to.
“I promise that whatever I get in the Senate will be made known to everyone and will be shared based on that. We’ve started fighting with some of them, some have even stopped talking to me, not knowing that I am not bothered.”
Senator Shehu Sani has responded to SaharaReporters and agreed that this was his voice
Yau a wannan rana, a wannan wuri zan fara da muku godiya na baro gidajenku da ayyukanku da kuka yi , ku ka fito ‘kwanku da ‘kwar’kwatanku don taron nan na rantsar da majalisar Wakilai da Dattijai na Nijeriya.
A halin gaskiya ba zan boye muku ba yau ya kamata ya zama ranar farin ciki ga jam’iyyar APC amma akwai abin takaici da ya faru a yau. Mun kira yara maza da mata, tsofaffi da matasa don su fito kan titi su kada kuri’arsu ga wannan jam’iyya . sun fito, sun kwana da ruwa da rana suka zaba jam’iyyar APC.
Amma wai maimakon a ce dukka mukaman da ke majalisa, APC ne ta kafa APC. Wai sai wasu su balle su je su hada kai da PDP su rarraba mukamai tsakaninsu. Duka wahalhalun da muka yi na shekara da shekaru muna yakar jam’iyyar PDP, wai a yau su da suka shekara 16 suna mulki ba su ba mu komai ba, ba su yi da mutanenmu . babu roko da lallashi da ba mu yi ba sati 3 don a samu hadin kan APC a majalisan Dattijai amman abin ya ci tura.
Mutane biyu suke neman wannan mukamin; akwai Ahmed Lawan daga Yobe da Kuma Bukola Saraki daga Kwara . Bukola Saraki ya san ba shi da jama’a a APC. Jam’iyya ta kira shi ta zauna da shi amma ya ki. Shugaban Kasa Muhammadu Buhari ya kira shi ya zauna da shi amma ya ki. Ya je ya zauna da su David Mark suka raba mukamai tsakaninsu. Suka hada kai aka ba shi shugaban majalisa, sannan kuma aka dauki mukamin mataimaki aka ba dan PDP, mukamin da ya kamata a ba dan APC.
Bayan haka kuma aka dauki mukamin shugaban mafiya rinjaye aka ba dan PDP David Mark. Saboda haka mu 51 sanatoci mun kaurace ma wannan abu don alkawarin da na yi muku lokacin campaign cewa za a fara batawa da ni, idan na ga rashin gaskiya zan fito in fada muku. Saboda haka na fada musu ko ni daya ne zan fito zan kalubalanci duk wanda yake raba mukami da PDP .
In sun ga dama su bari mu shiga wannan wuri. Ko su gayyace ni, ko kar su gayyace mu ba za mu taba hada kai da PDP ba.
Ba ku zabe mu don mu je mu hada kai da PDP ba. Saboda haka, illar wannan abu shi ne duk wani ayyuka da shugaban Kasa Muhammdu Buhari ke so ya yi akwai matsala. Sun zauna da ‘yan PDP jiya da daddare. ‘yan PDP sun same mu sun ce mana bangarenku kashi biyu ne. da ‘yan santsi da ‘yan tabo. Mu ne ‘yan tabon. Sun zauna sun same mu sun ce in muna so su goyi bayanmu, , muka ce ba za mu bayar ba. To yanzu sun je sun hada kai da su Bukola , har da su Yariman Bakura suka hada kai suka je suka dauki manya manyan mukamai suka ba jam’iyyar da ba ta da rinjaye, wai an ba David Mark shugaba.
Saboda haka, ni ba mukamin nan ya dame ni ba, hakkin da na dauka alkawarina da jama’a da alkawarin da na dauka ba. Shi ya sa ba zan zauna ba don abin da za a ba ni in hada kai da PDP ba zai yiwu ba. Shi ya sa in kun ji an ce wasu ‘yan majalisa sun kaurace wa majalisa , to nine shugabansu.
Abin da ya faru, yau shugaban kasa Muhammadu Buhari yau da safennan ya aika mana da text ya ce mu zo International Conference Center mu zauna ya na so zai yi sulhu tsakanin Ahmed Lawan da Bukola Saraki. Da aka fadi wannan magana sai suka ki zuwa sai suka tafi suka je suka zauna da ‘yan PDP aka ba shi shugabanci.
Saboda haka duk wanda ke wannan wurin ya kamata ya san wannan don zai dinga jin sharhin labarai. Kuma in ba a yi maganin wannan abin ba, duk wahalan nan da aka yi ya zama a banza shekara 16 nan da aka yi kuna yakan PDP ya zama a banza. Don ba zan boye muku ba, makiyan ba wai ‘yan PDP ba ne suna nan a cikin APC . Shirin da ake so a yi shi ne a hankali hankali, su gurgunta wannan gwamnati ya kasance a ce Buhari bai tsinana wa mutane komai ba daga nan kuma su tsige shi a kuma a koma Jonathan . wai ka ji wai wasu ‘yan APC sun gwammace a ce sun hada kai da ‘yan PDP da su yi sulhu gara su hada kai da PDP.
Shi ya sa na tara ku a nan don n kara jaddada muku Kaduna TA TASKIYA yanzu muka fara kuma ina kara jaddada muku da wannan mukamin nawa ya sha bamban da sauran sanatocin da kuka saba bi ko kukasaba goyon bayan su. Ni duk abin da aka ba mu na kudi zan fito in fada muku kuma kun ga mun fara da su tun a yau kuma za mu karkasa wannan kudi kowa ya samu. Na san na yi wannan magana wasu ‘yan majalisa na jin haushi na, to in kun ga damaku dinga jin haushi na har zuwan mahadi duk daya ne.