The Director, Strategic Communications for the President Muhammadu Buhari’s 2019 presidential campaign, Mr. Festus Keyamo (SAN), has given an alleged behind-the-scene account of what culminated into the delay of the 2017 budget proposal suffered in the red chamber, claiming some elements that constituted the leadership of the senate were responsible for it.
Keyamo alleged this in Ilorin on Thursday at the inauguration of the ward and local government canvassers in the Kwara State capital, where he gave a lecture titled ‘Milestones of sustainable economic and social development in Nigeria.’
While giving Buhari’s stewardship, in a veiled reference to the role played by Senate President Bukola Saraki, who left the ruling All Progressive Congress, APC, for Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, with his cronies in the budget delay, the senior advocate said, “Presidents before Buhari sold you (Nigerians) out because they wanted political correctness. The former Minister of Finance, Dr Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, in her book, said in order to appease the National Assembly, they had to insert N17bn for them to pass the budget. That is how all of us were sold off by previous governments. But President Buhari refused.
“For six months, they (National Assembly members) refused to pass the budget and he was looking at them, they were looking at him. He said until we get to the end, they will not see one kobo. When they were tired, the same people (Saraki and other defected APC senators from the state) who left us here in this state were the champion of these courses.”