Bukola Saraki, the president of the Senate, on Tuesday, July 31, met his supporters in Ilorin, where he told them that he dumped the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) because of their insistence that he should do so and the guidance he received from God, The Punch reports.
NAIJ.com gathered that Saraki further alleged that Kwara state was marginalised in terms of appointments by the APC.
Saraki spoke to journalists in Ilorin after a meeting attended by the state governor, all the members of the National Assembly from the state, 23 members of the state House of Assembly and local government chairmen and members of the state executive council.
He said: “We discussed this issue last week when I came home. You told me that you were tired of the APC, but I asked you to exercise patience. I told you that I will seek God’s guidance and feed you back on my return to Ilorin.
“The federal government appointed over 200 persons into juicy offices without allotting any slot to me or (Speaker, House of Representatives, Yakubu) Dogara. Everything went to Katsina, Katsina, Lagos, Lagos.
"If not for the love I have for Nigeria, we would have scattered everything. They don’t want us in their party. They don’t like us in Kwara. What I am after is for my people to enjoy dividend of democracy. I want us to be in the party that will love my people. Wherever we are, we will win elections. The governor told me he’s tired of the APC.
“Those we are talking to in the Peoples Democratic Party have understood that we need to move Nigeria forward. There is no cause for alarm. We should forget about personal ambition as we move to a new party.
"What should be paramount in our minds is Nigeria’s progress. We will set up our committee which will be meeting with the PDP committee. I’ve met with great stakeholders in the PDP such as Prof. Sulaiman, Ajibola Simon and Yekini Alabi and we have all agreed to work together. We should cooperate with the PDP people who we are joining.”
NAIJ.com previously reported that sources from the legislature 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 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.”
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