The Concerned Nigerian For Democratic Governance has condemned the smear campaign by an online medium, Premium Times against the Senate President, Senator Abubakar Bukola Saraki.
In a press release on Saturday in Abuja by the Concerned Nigerian For Democratic Governance Chairman, Kelvin Adegbenga, he said that it is unfortunate that Premium Times has resort to personal blackmail; which negates the ethics and professionalism of Journalism.
“For the ignorance of the Premium Times, the Senate President is not the procurement officer of the Assembly. All contracts and procurement are sole responsibility of the Clerk, National Assembly, Adegbenga said.
He said further; “It is ridiculus of Premium Times to have used a mischievous headline; “How Saraki’s National Assembly spent N6.6billion Adeosun largesse on exotic cars” as if the National Assembly is the personal arm of distinguished Senator Abubakar Bukola Saraki.
Adegbenga reiterated that Funds are not released to the members of the National Assembly but to the contractors through the Clerk of the National Assembly.
“It is not the duty of the Senate President to go through the database of the Bureau of Public Procurement (BPP) to find out if contractors awarded contracts by the National Assembly are duly registered with them neither is it the duty of the Senate President to find out if contractors are registered with the Corporate Affairs Commission (CAC).
He also said that Premium Times can publish her news without linking it to the distinguished Senate President; moreover, the Senate President has nothing to do with award of cars contract including the payments for such cars.
“It seems Premium Times has taken over from Sahara Reporters in blackmailing the distinguished Senate President, Senator Abubakar Bukola Saraki especially as we approach 2019 General election but they will surely fail this time around as the Senate President will not be distracted in meeting the yearnings of Nigeria, the statement concluded.