The Senate President, Bukola Saraki, has challenged the Acting National Publicity Secretary of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Yekini Nabena, to a debate on national issues on any national television.
Saraki presented the challenge, alleging that many people in the media believe Nabena is a robot and does not have a face.
His statement was in reaction to another earlier released by Nabena on behalf of the APC where he said Nigerians are tired of Saraki’s retrogressive politics and deserve no more.
He had also said Saraki’s presidential declaration is his tactic to deflect attention from the deluge of issues he deals with particularly ahead of the 2019 General Elections i.e. pressure to reconvene the National Assembly, a fast shifting political order in Kwara State, among others.
In a statement by his Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Yusuph Olaniyonu, Saraki said he “will not be distracted by the antics of an upstart who lives in Abuja but waits to sign press statements composed for him from Lagos.”
He further said he does not have any credibility issues except the ones concocted by the “alleged agitators” to whom he has become a nightmare. The lawmaker wondered what APC’s business with an aspirant of another party was.
When contacted, Yekinni accepted the challenge as he asked him Saraki to take on the leadership of the APC.
Both the lawmaker and the opposition party have verbally attacked each other since Saraki announced his exit from the APC as well as his declaration to run for the office of the president in the 2019 general election.