Adibe Emenyonu in Benin City
A group under the aegis of Final Yes Social Political Group has accused the senator representing Edo North senatorial district in the National Assembly, Francis Alimikhena of working against the interest of the All Progressives Congress (APC) by allegedly aligning with the Senate President, Bukola Saraki.
The spokesperson for the group, Adoga Ibrahim who made the accusation yesterday while briefing journalists in Benin City, the Edo State capital, said Alimikhena had always taken side with the membership of the opposition party in the national assembly to the detriment of his own party that worked tirelessly to send him to the National Assembly.
“Right from the beginning, Senator Francis Alimikhena who was helped into the senate by former Governor Adams Oshiomhole, took sides against Oshiomhole and the APC,” he said.
According to him, “he (Alimikhena) openly took sides with Bukola Saraki against President Muhammadu Buhari, and by extension against Ahmed Bola Tinubu and publicly bragged about it”.
“In the political struggles to produce a Senate President, without consulting with his governor or with his party leaders, the senator jumped into Saraki’s camp, and when he was called to order he told Tinubu and Oshiomhole that they arrived too late because he had given his support already to Saraki and that his decision on that was final, hence he has been well rewarded for betraying his party and leaders and this has earned him some good fortunes,” he explained.
“He was made Deputy Chief Whip more for the fact that he was the only senator from the South-south than for any other visible or known quality but sadly, he has only used the position to enrich himself.
“What we fear most is Senator Alimikhena’s brazen disregard for party directives which manifested in his solidarity with PDP senators and marriage to Senator Bukola Saraki until this current political impasse at the National Assembly leaving us without doubt that Senator Alimikhena’s present and sudden loyalty is nothing but a mirage as there is no assurance that he will serve the interest of APC if elected again,” Adoga added.
“In the senate, he has supported everything the Saraki stood for and we all know without being told that Saraki right from the beginning was a PDP member marking time in APC because of his disregard for leaders and party directives.
The group also accused the senator of distancing himself from the people of his constituency stressing that they would rather prefer someone who is down-to-earth and having a good relationship with his people than casting their votes for him again.