Senate President Bukola Saraki on Tuesday, July 31, announced his defection from the ruling party, the All Progressives Congress (APC).
The Senate president, in a statement, said he made the decision to defect after 'extensive consultation'.
Saraki, who decamped to his former party, the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) listed 7 reasons why he left the ruling party, APC.
See the reasons listed by Saraki below:
1. Saraki blamed the APC for his decision to leave
He said: "I will like to emphasise that it is a decision that has been inescapably imposed on me by certain elements and forces within the APC who have ensured that the minimum conditions for peace, cooperation, inclusion and a general sense of belonging did not exist."
2. He blamed the APC for disregarding basic rules of party administration
He said: "They have done everything to ensure that the basic rules of party administration, which should promote harmonious relations among the various elements within the party were blatantly disregarded."
3. He accused the APC of segregating members of the nPDP (now R-APC)
He said: "The experience of my people and associates in the past three years is that they have suffered alienation and have been treated as outsiders in their own party. Thus, many have become disaffected and disenchanted."
4. He accused the APC administration of promoting cabals in the government
"At the same time, opportunities to seek redress and correct these anomalies were deliberately blocked as a government-within-a-government had formed an impregnable wall and left in the cold, everyone else who was not recognized as “one of us”, he said.
5. Mistrust between the legislative and the executive arms of government
He saod: "However, what we have seen is a situation whereby every dissent from the legislature was framed as an affront on the executive or as part of an agenda to undermine the government itself."
6. One-sided anti-corruption fight
He said: "The populist notion of anti-corruption became a ready weapon for silencing any form of dissent and for framing even principled objection as “corruption fighting back”. Persistent onslaught against the legislature and open incitement of the people against their own representatives became a default argument in defence of any short-coming of the government in a manner that betrays all too easily, a certain contempt for the Constitution itself or even the democracy that it is meant to serve."
7. Overlooking the importance of legislature in government
He said: "Therefore, anything short of a slavish surrender in a way that reduces the legislature to a mere rubber stamp would not have been sufficient in procuring the kind of rapprochement that was desired in the interest of all."
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Meanwhile, NAIJ.com earlier reported that the National Working Committee of the All Progressives Congress (APC) has reportedly queried the Senate president, Bukola Saraki, for allegedly producing a conducive environment for its members to defect recently.
The party’s NWC asked Saraki to respond within 48 hours to its query as to why disciplinary action should not to be taken against him for breaching article 21 of the constitution of the party.
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