Senate President, Bukola Saraki has revealed those responsible for ‘doctored ‘viral audio which recently appeared online that he allegedly spent millions campaigning for President Muhammadu Buhari ahead of the 2015 election.
In the alleged audio, Saraki was heard saying he is angry with Buhari because he was not compensated and has not benefited from the APC government since 2015.
However, the Senate President in a series of tweets by Olu Onemola, his Special Assistant on New Media stated that “the fake audio recording released by online henchmen and mercenary influencers is a doctored audio file meant to mislead the public.”
He said the fake recording was the work of desperate agents of the ruling party, the APC.
He insisted that the Senate President left the ruling party becausethe minimum conditions for peace, cooperation, inclusion and a general sense of belonging did not exist’ not for any personal benefits as alleged in the audio.
According to him, Saraki did not receive any benefits from National Leader of APC, Asiwaju Tinubu before leaving the ruling party.
The tweets read: “For the record: we always restrain from responding to inconsequential issues that we can otherwise ignore. However, in order to put this issue to rest so that we can move on to real issues, these are the facts:
“The audio recording that is being circulated online by known anti-Saraki henchmen is a doctored recording. It was probably part of the mix of manipulations that APC decided to employ for today’s election in four LGAs in Kwara South.
“We will not allow people like Ogundamisi and other mercenary “influencers” to create false and mischievous impressions that may easily be consumed by the otherwise unsuspecting public.
“Dr. Saraki, in his response to Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu in August 2018, stated emphatically that he left the APC because “the minimum conditions for peace, cooperation, inclusion and a general sense of belonging did not exist”.
“Additionally, in that same response to Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu, Dr. Saraki emphasized that he “never discussed any such personal and pecuniary benefits with anybody.Again, we still challenge that anybody who has contrary facts should come forward.
“Finally, we ask the public to understand that in their desperation to hang on to power, agents of the ruling party are stooping to new lows by doctoring and releasing such audio files. We expect more of such desperate moves. Fake news, remains fake news. Their lies remain lies.”