- The governor of Imo state has reacted to the defection of the Senate president from the ruling party
- Rochas Okorocha said that President Muhammadu Buhari will win the 2019 presidential election without the presence of Saraki in APC
- According to him, Saraki and others defected to PDP because they could no longer get what they wanted in APC
Governor Rochas Okorocha of Imo state has said that the decision of Bukola Saraki, president of the Senate, to leave the All Progressives Congress (APC) will not in anyway affect the party's electoral victory in 2019 general elections.
He stated this while speaking with newsmen at the party’s national secretariat on Tuesday, July 31, in Abuja in reaction to the development.
Okorocha, who is also the chairman of the All Progressives Governors' Forum, spoke after a closed-door meeting with Adams Oshiomhole, the party’s national chairman.
“I don’t know when they joined the party and I don’t have to know when they are leaving the party. People are entitled to their opinions about how they see issues, political party is just like a vehicle with which you get to your point of destination.
“And if they find out that they can no longer get what they want in APC and they want to go to other parties, it is good luck. But the question you should ask me, is how that will it affect the APC, I don’t see any way it can affect the party negatively,” Okorocha said.
He maintained that President Muhammadu Buhari would win the 2019 presidential election even without the Senate president in the party.
Okorocha said this was especially so because Buhari was much stronger on ground now and would do better than he did before in terms of electoral victory come 2019.
He stressed that the decision of the Senate president to leave the APC was allowed, adding that as he leaves, many more people were finding their way into the party in their thousands.
“It’s neither here nor there, so we shouldn’t make a big issue out of it.
“Saraki is entitled to his political opinion and if he wants to leave, good luck to him and if the governor of Kwara, my colleague wants to leave, good luck. They are all responsible men and you cannot tire them down to where they don’t want to be,” Okorocha said.
Saraki made his decision to leave the APC known via his Facebook account on Tuesday evening.
The president of the Senate wrote: “I wish to inform Nigerians that, after extensive consultations, I have decided to take my leave of the All Progressives Congress (APC).”
In a statement later on Tuesday, he expectedly named the PDP as his next political destination.
Meanwhile, NAIJ.com previously reported that lawmakers of the APC have urged their colleagues in the Peoples Democratic Party to push for the resumption of plenary at the National Assembly.
The lawmakers said it is not right for the opposition to blame President Muhamamdu Buhari for its challenges.
The leader of the House of Representatives, Femi Gbajiabiamila also condemned the purported impeachment of the Speaker of Benue House of Assembly by eight lawmakers in the state.
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