Atiku’s Exit!!! Saraki Shocks The Entire Nation, Speaks On Dumping APC, As Top Lawmakers Conspire For Mass Defection

By Post Nigeria December 6, 2017 08:22

Atiku’s Exit!!! Saraki Shocks The Entire Nation, Speaks On Dumping APC, As Top Lawmakers Conspire For Mass Defection

Senate President, Bukola Saraki, who was one of those who dumped the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, for the All Progressives Congress, APC, in 2014, has said that he would not leave the ruling party for the PDP.

Saraki, who spoke through his Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Yusuph Olaniyonu, in an exclusive interview with Punch Newspaper, noted that as a founding father of the APC, he would remain in the party.

To many, Saraki’s statement came as a rude shock, owing to the fact that the Senate President is a strong ally to former Vice President, Atiku Abubakar, who recently dumped the ruling party.

According to him: “There is nothing like that, and there is nothing to suggest that. Every member must come from somewhere. Are you going to ask the President (Muhammadu Buhari) whether he would go back to the Congress for Progressive Change? You are not going to ask Asiwaju (Bola Tinubu), whether he will return to the Action Congress of Nigeria.

“Everybody has where they are coming from. As far as my principal is concerned, he is a founding father of this party. There is nothing like that.”

Recall, that Saraki and 10 other members of the Senate, had on January 29, 2014, announced their defection from the PDP to the APC.

The 11 Lawmakers, had written to the then Senate President, Senator David Mark, to officially declare their defection.

They were Senators Bukola Saraki (Kwara Central), Umaru Dahiru (Sokoto South), Magnus Abe (Rivers South-East), Wilson Ake (Rivers West), Bindawa Jibrilla (Adamawa North), Danjuma Goje (Gombe Central), Aisha Jummai Alhassan (Taraba North), Ali Ndume (Borno South), Mohammed Lafiagi (Kwara North), Abdulahi Adamu (Nasarawa West), and Ibrahim Gobir (Sokoto East).

However, some APC members of the House of Representatives, said it would be difficult for them to make a categorical statement on whether they would stick with the APC ahead of 2019, or defect to other parties.

Some of the members, who spoke with the Punch, noted that politics was “local”, and driven by the desires of voters.

Nearly all the speakers declined to be named.

One of them who is from the North-East, told the Punch that voters held the “ace”.

The member stated: “You cannot sit in Abuja, and be boasting that I will die with this or that party.

“If back home, that party can no longer guarantee your returning in 2019, your people will demand that you leave. But if it remains their choice, you stick with the party.”


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