- Yekini Nabena, the APC's deputy national spokesman, has called for the expulsion of Senate president Bukola Saraki from the ruling party
- He said Saraki had a big hand in organising the mass defections in the National Assembly
- Nabena also stated that the Senate president is the major sponsor of the Reformed-APC group which pulled out of the ruling party, and insisted that he must go
The All Progressive Congress (APC)’s deputy national publicity secretary, Yekini Nabena, has called for the immediate expulsion of Senate president Bukola Saraki from the ruling party for what he described as anti-party activities.
Nabena accused the Senate president of being in cahoots with the 15 senators who recently defected from the ruling party, The Nation reports.
NAIJ.com gathers that in a statement released on Wednesday, July 25, the APC spokesman said there was no justification for the APC to continue to tolerate Saraki, as he accused the Senate president of ‘being the ringleader’.
He stated: “The news of the about 15 senators who reportedly defected from our party, the All Progressives Congress (APC), hardly came as a surprise to anyone.
“What however, shocked political observers, especially democratic minds, was Senate President Bukola Saraki’s postures and expressions, which clearly communicated his unhidden complicity in the charades against his supposed party.
“Clearly, Saraki had a big hand in organizing the events that transpired in the National Assembly. He has, therefore, lost the moral justification to remain in APC. The time to expel him from the party is now.
“The public outing by the deserters at the National Assembly was the culmination of months of anti-party activities organised and directed by Saraki. And every scene in that dramatic work of shame revealed his hand.
“When the senators submitted the letter declaring their intention to leave APC, which was excitedly read by Saraki, the Senate leader, Senator Ahmed Lawan, attempted to point out what should have been the right procedure if APC had a true party man at the helm.
“Lawan tried to emphasise the need to allow some time for dialogue, knowing that politics is always a game of negotiation, dialogue, and agreement. Rather than listen to the Senate leader and stand down the defections, at least temporarily, to see how the situation could be salvaged, Saraki simply gave in to his own consuming interest in the whole affair and enthusiastically shut down the valid intervention by Lawan.
“The Senate president went on to make a deceitful case for the defectors.
“APC as a democratic institution of democrats understands that people have the freedom of association. Saraki did not need to remind us or anyone of that fact.
“Like we had cause to emphasise in a recent statement, ‘the APC is not averse to dissenting positions. But we reject deceit in every shade or form.’
“We have also previously emphasised the fact that the Senate president is the major sponsor of the so-called Reformed All Progressives Congress (rAPC), which has pulled out of APC, and whose members in the National Assembly staged the exit that we saw today.
“Being the ringleader, therefore, there is no justification for APC’s continued toleration of Saraki. He must go.”
Meanwhile, NAIJ.com previously reported that the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) welcomed into its fold, members of the reformed All Progressives Congress (R-APC) who defected into their party in the national and state Houses of Assembly on Tuesday, June 24.
The party described their departure from the APC as “a right step towards rescuing our democracy from the stranglehold of autocrats who care less about the people who voted them into office."
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