Yesterday there were reports claiming that Senate President Dr Bukola Saraki had dumped the ruling APC and returned to his former party, PDP.
Picture of PDP Senators with Former President Goodluck Ebele Jonathan ( lastnight).
Below is a copy of the news:
“BREAKING: Saraki dumps APC, returns to former party, PDP”
Senate President, Bukola Saraki has returned to the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), it was gathered Wednesday evening. Saraki met with the PDP caucus this evening at the Abuja home of his deputy in the Senate, Ike Ekeremadu at the Apo Legislative Quarters. After the meeting, Ike Ekweremadu, Deputy Senate President, led a group of senators to Goodluck Jonathan’s Maitama home to brief him. The meeting with Jonathan is on going at press time.
Saraki has been facing prosecution at the Code of Conduct Tribunal for false declaration of assets.
According to an online news medium Nigerian Times, a source who was at the meeting this evening said Saraki, who has faced persecution from the leadership of his party, the All Progressives Congress (APC) decided to leave the party and return to the PDP, which he left in 2014 with five PDP Governors.
The source said Saraki says he will use the PDP as a platform to actualize his ambition. He added that Saraki is likely to take with him to the PDP, APC Senators loyal to him. This would affect the balance of power in the Senate as the PDP would most like upturn the APC’s majority in the Red Chamber.
“Saraki has finally had it with the APC and the Buhari government. He believes he has faced enough embarassment and persecution from them after his investments to help the party wrest power from the PDP, ” our source said.
Last week, he was in Sokoto, on the pretext of condoling the family of late Umaru Shinkaffi. But sources familiar with the Saraki travails told this Newspaper that he met with the Sultan of sokoto to prevail on President Mohammadu Buhari to pull back his loyalists who are who bent on sending Saraki to jail. And as a last ditch effort, he got former senate presidents to visit Buhari earlier in the week.
Saraki’s defection back to the PDP will not come as a surprise to watchers of Nigerian politics.
Since his emergence as President of the Senate, he has been at odds with his party, the APC over what the party feels was his decision to present himself as candidate for the Senate Presidency against the party’s wish. The APC’s preferred candidate, was Ahmed Lawan.
While the news had since started circulating the Senate President, Dr. Bukola Saraki, through his Special Assistant, News Media has debunked reports in the social media that he has defected from the ruling All Progressives Congress, APC, stressing that he remains “committed to the APC; a party that he helped midwife and worked for its victory in the 2015 elections.”
The Senate President through further asserted that claims of his purported defection making the rounds on social media were entirely untrue.
he reiterated that, he attended the end of session event of the PDP caucus yesterday evening “In his official capacity as Senate President and chairman, National Assembly, and spent only 30 minutes with them before leaving the members to continue with the event.
His media Team concluded by saying “The Senate President would like to assure every Nigerian that he is committed to the APC-led government and appreciates the confidence reposed in him and the APC during the 2015 General Elections.”