Saraki, Kwara Governor dump APC, Join PDP.
• Why I quit ruling party, by Senate President.
• PDP leaders across the country to stand firm against tyranny , dictatorship and failed governance.
• More govs will defect to opposition, says Wike.
• Niger APC chieftain resigns ambassadorial post, defects to PDP
With Saraki ’s defection yesterday, the PDP now maintains a slight majority in the Senate, a situation that further jeopardizes the chances of the APC , particularly in having its way in the upper chamber.
After a series of intrigues, Senate President Bukola Saraki, yesterday announced his defection from the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC ) to the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP). He made the announcement on his Twitter handle @bukolasaraki in the evening.
It reads in part : “ I wish to inform Nigerians that, after extensive consultations , I have decided to take my leave of the All Progressives Congress ( APC ) . ” The announcement was immediately followed by a very comprehensive statement signed by Saraki in which he explained the circumstances leading to his defection which he said was not a decision that he made lightly.
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“If anything at all , I have tarried for so long and did all that was humanly possible, even in the face of great provocation, ridicule and flagrant persecution, to give opportunity for peace, reconciliation and harmonious existence.
“Perhaps , more significantly, I am mindful of the fact that I carry on my shoulder a great responsibility for thousands of my supporters, political associates and friends , who have trusted in my leadership and have attached their political fortunes to mine. However, it is after an extensive consultation with all the important stakeholders that we have come to this difficult but inevitable decision to pitch our political tent elsewhere; where we could enjoy greater sense of belonging and where the interests of the greatest number of Nigerians would be best served.”
Saraki alleged that all governance principles, which were required for a healthy functioning of the APC and the government, were deliberately violated or undermined: “ All entreaties for justice, equity and fairness as basic precondition for peace and unity, not only within the party, but also the country at large, were simply ignored, or employed as additional pretext for further exclusion.
“The experience of my people and associates in the past three years is that they have suffered alienation and have been treated as outsiders in their own party. Thus, many have become disaffected and disenchanted. At the same time, opportunities to seek redress and correct these anomalies were deliberately blocked as a government- within – a -government had formed an impregnable wall and left in the cold, everyone else who was not recognized as ‘one of us’. This is why my people, like all self- respecting people would do, decided to seek accommodation elsewhere.”
Saraki noted that the framers of the nation’ s constitution envisaged a degree of benign tension among the three arms of government if the principle of checks and balances must continue to serve as the building block of the country ’ s democracy.
He said he had made great efforts in the overall interest of the country, in spite of his personal predicament, to manage situations that would otherwise have resulted in unsavoury consequences for the government and the administration.
“However, what we have seen is a situation whereby every dissent from the legislature was framed as an affront on the executive or as part of an agenda to undermine the government itself. The populist notion of anti – corruption became a ready weapon for silencing any form of dissent and for framing even principled objection as ‘corruption fighting back”.
Also yesterday, Governor Ahmed Abdulfatah of Kwara State defected to the PDP. In a statement by the PDP spokesman, the opposition party noted that Saraki conducted the affairs of the Senate in reflection of the wishes of the silent majority of Nigerians and had emerged a hero of democracy.
In his reaction, Rivers State Governor Nyesom Wike said more governors would defect to the PDP.
According to him, the continuous harassment and intimidation by the APC – led Federal Government would, on the contrary, embolden PDP leaders across the country to stand firm against tyranny, dictatorship and failed governance.
Nigeria’s Ambassador to South Africa and All Progressives Congress ( APC ) chieftain in Niger State, Ahmed Musa Ibeto, has resigned his appointment and defected to the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP ) .
Ibeto, a former deputy governor of the state was said to have arrived Nigeria from Pretoria at the weekend and submitted his resignation letter at the Ministry of External Affairs in Abuja on Monday.
Ibeto was reported to have left Minna yesterday for Ibeto his country home in Magama Council of the state, where a large crowd of supporters reportedly received him on his way. While in his hometown, the former ambassador headed for the APC ward office to tender his resignation and went to pick his nomination form at the PDP office.
He was a member of the PDP until the primary election in November 2014 during which he was schemed out of the governorship race by former Governor Muazu Babangida Aliyu. His humiliation made him to defect to the APC after resigning his membership of the PDP along with thousands of his supporters, who had complained that the PDP shortchanged him .