Senate President, Dr Abubakar Bukola Saraki, has distanced himself from a former aide, Ikenga Ugochinyere, who is now chairman of a newly registered political party, Action Peoples Party (APP).
According to a statement signed by his Special Adviser on Media, Yusuph Olaniyonu, the Senate President also denied any link with the APP, even as he asked all platforms to refrain from including his name in stories relating to Mr. Ugochinyere.
Ugochinyere had in November last year resigned as the Senior Special Assistant on Youths and Students’ Matters to the Senate President.
In a letter, the aide explained that the decision was as a result of his emergence as the national chairman of a newly formed political party.
Saraki’s statement read: “Our attention has been drawn to reports by some news platforms that described Mr. Ikenga Ugochinyere, the Chairman of a political party known as “APP” as an aide to the President of the Senate, Dr. Abubakar Bukola Saraki.
“Please note, that in a letter of resignation addressed to President of the Senate, and dated October 3, 2017, Ugochinyere, who was then President of the National Youth Council of Nigeria, said he had formed a political party and would be resigning his position as Special Assistant on Youth Affairs.
“In this regard, we ask that all platforms be guided in their reporting of the activities of Ugochinyere and his party, and refrain from including ‘Saraki’s’ name in any of such related stories.”
…rehabilitates boreholes in 52 Kwara Central wards
Senate President and Chairman of the National Assembly, Dr Abubakar Bukola Saraki is to rehabilitate boreholes across the Kwara Central region in the state.
To this end, he has approved the constitution of the committee on repairs of the boreholes which cut across the 52 wards in the region.
Inaugurating the 5-man committee in his office on Tuesday, the Director-General of ABS, Alhaji Musa Abdullahi said the action of the Senate President was necessitated by his unflinching love for the people and to combat the perennial scarcity of water across the emirate.
He noted that the repair work when completed will greatly impact on the availability of water in the state and go a long way in complimenting the efforts of the present administration in addressing the water needs of the people.
According to him, the inauguration of the committee is a demonstration of Saraki’s resolve to provide dividends of democracy to the grassroots and a turning point in the history of water provision in the state.
In his remarks, the Chairman of the committee, Alhaji Akeem Amao, appreciated the Senate President for the opportunity to serve adding that the action showed the emphasis Saraki placed on water availability in the state.
He said the committee has already started working in earnest and promised to carry out the job to the satisfaction of the Senate President and the people of the state.
With the ABS Water Initiative, Saraki is pioneering a holistic approach to solving water shortage in the constituency after similar efforts through daily distribution with water tankers and expansion of ongoing multi million naira Sobi and Agba-Dam waterworks among others in the state.
Other members of the committee include; Alhaji Salihu AbdulMalik (Ilorin East), Alhaji Hassan Ajanaku (Ilorin South), Alhaji Lawal Sidiq (Asa) and Alhaji Ibrahim Eleran (Ilorin West).
It would be recalled that Saraki has completed the drilling of over 200 motorised boreholes in Kwara central with many others still ongoing.