- Presidency has reacted to the defection of Senate president Bukola Saraki to PDP
- Saraki officially announced his defection to PDP on Tuesday, July 31
- The minister of information and culture, Lai Mohammed, who spoke with journalists after weekly FEC meeting, said that Saraki's exit is a big relief to APC
The Nigerian government on Wednesday, August 1, said that the defection of the Senate president Bukola Saraki from the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) was a great relief to the party.
Premium Times reports that the federal government said that Saraki was always an opposition in the ruling party, who used his position as Senate president to frustrate the workings of the government.
NAIJ.com gathered that the minister of information and culture, Lai Mohammed, who stated this while briefing State House correspondents after the weekly meeting of the Federal Executive Council (FEC), on Wednesday, August 1, presided over by President Muhammadu Buhari at the Villa, said Saraki had become the greatest obstacle to the government.
Mohammed, expressed doubt over the party membership of Saraki.
“I don’t think the government would have suffered more as regards the delay in passing the budget. The Senate president, Dr. Bukola Saraki, has behaved all along as if he was a member of the opposition”, he said.
The minister said APC stands to lose nothing with the defection of Saraki and his loyalists, adding that the party in his native Kwara state would grow stronger with the exit.
He also said the leadership of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in the state has also defected to APC “demonstrating their rejection of Saraki’s return to their party.”
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Meanwhile, NAIJ.com had previously reported that the chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Kwara state, Iyiola Oyedepo, insisted that he would never work with Senate president Bukola Saraki and announced his defection to the All Progressives Congress (APC).
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