Senate President, Bukola Saraki has finally dumped the All Progressives Congress, APC. Saraki announced this via his verified Twitter page on Tuesday.
For me, I leave all that behind me. Today, I start as I return to the party where I began my political journey, the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).
— Bukola Saraki (@bukolasaraki) July 31, 2018
He wrote “I wish to inform Nigerians that, after extensive consultations, I have decided to take my leave of the All Progressives Congress (APC).”
Kwara APC group wants Saraki expelled for anti-party
A group of stakeholders of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Kwara State have called for the expulsion of Senate President, Senator Bukola Saraki from the party for anti-party activities and to pave the way for the re-positioning of the party in the state.
The group who were at the APC national secretariat on a peaceful protest on Tuesday however commended the National Working Committee for adhering to their demand and dissolving the State Executive Committee of the party in Kwara State.
Spokesman of the group, Tayo Awodiji said the Senate President has been working against the interest of the party either in his utterance and action, adding that most of his action as Senate President has been aimed at frustrating the activities of the government.
He said “You are not unaware of the development on the political scene where a number of legislators defected from APC to some other parties. Kwara State is affected by this and as a result, we are not pleased and we wrote a letter to the national Chairman and made some demands.
“Some of the demand include the immediate dissolution of the state Executive in the state. To God be the glory, the National Chairman has been able to take the bull by the horn by dissolving the EXCO. We are here to show appreciation to the National, Working Committee for their response to our demand.
Yesterday, the National Assembly parliamentary delegation, held a roundtable discussion at the United States Institute of Peace (USIP), hosted by Ambassador Johnnie Carson. The meeting, which had representatives from Fund Peace, Global Financial Integrity, CSIS Africa, Committee on Foreign Relations and the US State Department, discussed ways of fostering increased cooperation between both the United States and Nigeria.
“There are other demands which we have put forward, this include fresh registration of membership in the state to enable know the authentic members of the party. With the step, we are sure that the party will be well prepared to tackle the 2019 general election.
“We also have other demands, which include the expulsion of Senator Bukola Saraki for his anti-party activities. Before the dissolution of the state EXCO the party has stagnated in Kwara because the leadership is directly under the control of Saraki. We are sure that with the development, the party will be repositioned very soon.
We just wrapped up a great meeting with U.S. Senator Johnny Isakson, who chairs the Senate Foreign Relations Subcommittee on State Department and USAID Management, International Operations, and Bilateral International Development; and is a member of the Subcommittee on Africa and Global Health Policy.
“Ordinarily, you should expect them to react, but that does not really matter. What matter is that what was done by the NWC is in accordance with the constitution of our party and it has come to stay. In view of that, we have started regrouping in Kwara State and we plan to have genuine members’ t9 steer the ship of the party. Saraki has been casting aspersions on the leadership of the party.”
At the end of a tortuous journey of 1018 Days, counting from September 22, 2015, when the case began at the Tribunal, I am happy that I have been vindicated. The Supreme Court has affirmed that there is no evidence of false declaration of assets. The court also observed that certain agents took over the responsibility of the Code of Conduct Bureau (CCB) in this trial, and one can infer that this was done towards a pre-determined end. . This outcome has gladdened my heart and further strengthened my belief in this country and as well as my faith in the Almighty Allah, who is the righter of all wrongs. God has vindicated me today before the judgement of man, and I am most thankful and humbled at His grace and infinite mercies. . Through it all, I refused to be shaken, knowing, as Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. said, that the arch of the moral universe may be long, but it bends towards justice. I knew the day would come when justice would prevail and I would be exonerated.
They want the national secretariat to approve a fresh registration of party members in the state in other to put real and genuine members of the party in charge of the affairs of the APC in Kwara State.