- The All Progressives Congress (APC) has issued a query to the Senate president, Bukola Saraki following his recent defection to the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP)
- There are reports that Saraki knew of the ruling party's alleged move to humiliate him even before he announced his defection to the PDP
- The APC, among other allegations, accused the Senate president of violating the party's laws and demanded him to respond to the claims against him in not less than 48 hours
Sources from the legislature have reported that the Senate president, Bukola Saraki outwitted the All Progressives Congress (APC) by leaving the party in a bid to thwart the alleged plan to expel him.
The Cable reported that Saraki made public his defection following information about the ruling party's plot to allegedly humiliate him, the Cable reports.
The unnamed sources said the national working committee of the party, led by Adams Oshiomhole, had already concluded plans to send Saraki parking.
The source stated: “Saraki announced his defection to avoid the sledge hammer dangling on his head. He got the wind of the meeting and quickly announced his defection from the ruling party.”
Consequent upon Saraki's recent defection to the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) on Monday, Tuesday, July 31, the APC leadership dissolved the Kwara faction loyal to him and appointed a caretaker committee.
Announcing his defection to the PDP, Saraki said he was forced out of the ruling party, adding that he did all he could to reconcile with the leadership of the APC but some forces frustrated it.
Soon after Saraki made his resolve official, reports emerged that the NWC of APC had issued a query to him.
The APC, in a resolution signed by Mai Buni, its national secretary, said that Saraki had allegedly flouted the laws of the party at the risk of facing disciplinary measures.
Among the allegations levelled against Saraki were facilitating an enabling environment for the defection of some senators who were members of the APC; refusal of the Senate to screen the nominees President Muhammadu Buhari sent to the upper legislative chamber after appointing them.
He was also accused of causing “untold embarrassment and ridicule” to the party and the government.
Other allegations contained in the resolution are as follows: “That you have organised a public rally in your state where members of the party urged you to decamp to PDP. That as a follow up to the above the Kwara state governor who is known to be your staunch supporter Had made public pronouncements suggesting that he will decamp from the party as an indicator to your formal defection.
“That you used the office of the senate President to cause avoidable delays in the budgetary process and passage of the appropriation act into law thereby frustrating the implementation of the party’s manifesto and programs and frustrating the APC led Federal Government in the actualization of the campaign promises of the party.
“Converting the guest house of the senate President to meeting points and presiding over anti APC activities in the guest house and encouraging defection of senators from the party and presiding over such meetings and compiling a list of the said defectors including some without out their consent.
“Procuring joint letter of decampees from the APC and reading same on the floor of the senate including some who did not accede to defecting thereby causing embarrassment to the party.
"Inspite of the efforts to address grievances to reconcile aggrieved members, you worked against the process and encouraged the formation of an association which sought to impersonate and pass off the name of the party.”
The APC leadership has ordered the Senate president to respond indicting claims against him within two days or face serious sanctions.
Earlier, NAIJ.com reported that an aide to President Muhammadu Buhari had described the defection of Saraki to the PDP as a return to his vomit.
Lauretta Onochie rejoicing over Saraki's defection from the ruling the APC said the governor of Kwara state, Abdulfatah Ahmed, followed the Senate president's move.
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