Senate President, Bukola Saraki has recently thrown a shade at incumbent president, Muhammadu Buhari.
According the senate president, Buhari lacks the vision and capacity and patience to develop the country.
Bukola Saraki made the statement on Thursday, when he paid a courtesy visit alongside his campaign team, to Governor Dickson at Government house, yenagoa, Bayelsa state.
Speaking further, Saraki says Nigeria needs a leader like himself with capacity to unite the divided country as young, vibrant leadership is essential.
In his words: “2019 is a very crucial election for this country; we are at the crossroads as we have never been as disunited as we are today.
“Wherever you go, people ask questions: where do you belong? We need to address the issue of unity in this country; it is time for everybody to have a seat on the table, a time for everyone to have a sense of belonging in this country. It is not about me.
“There is a new order in the world today, wherever we go, we see leaders that have a vision, that are ready to develop their countries. A lot of us talked about the Asian tigers, but they did not come by chance, or trial and error, they became tigers because they have visionary leaders.
“They are leaders that are ready to defend their countries that have an idea of what they want to do. As I keep on saying, you cannot give what you don’t have.
“Where we are now, we have a leadership that has no vision for us. We must bring visionary leadership to the presidential level so we can move this country forward.”
However, The presidency, in its reaction, described Saraki’s comment as crude, condemnable and derogatory of the President.
In a statement by the Senior Special Assistant to the President, Garba Shehu, the Presidency, however, called on Buhari’s supporters to display restraint in language and conduct.
It reads: “In response to the condemnable and extremely derogatory speeches by the PDP aspirant, we urge all Buhari supporters to display restraint in language and conduct and to always put across their points of view in a decent language.
“Throughout his political career, Senator Saraki has shown that he is a very dangerous person who can go any length to promote his personal interests. The language of his campaign is such that cannot be used against a domestic help.
“Does he just know that the President lacked vision? This is someone that the Senator had worked with very closely for more than three years.
“Amazingly, he never said all that he is now saying against him. Rather, his words for and on the President were always respectful and reassuring.
“That’s the man he called ‘My Father,” about him “there is no cause for alarm…a President who is healthy, witty and himself.’ What then changed, all of a sudden?
“Is he saying these blatantly false and crude things against the President because he is running for the same office? Could it be that he is targeting President Buhari because the party he just joined does not have any real issues to highlight?”