Nigeria: Saraki outsmarts APC again, left party 24 hours before expulsion
London, July 31, 2018 (AltAfrica)-Nigeria’s senate president, Dr Olusola Saraki defected from the ruling party, the All Progressives Congress (APC) 24 hours before his expected expulsion, Alternativeafrica.com can authoritatively reveal
In a statement personally signed by the President of the Senate, Saraki said that he had consulted widely and come to the conclusion of leaving the party due to a myriad of reasons.
Alternativeafrica.com has obtained a copy of the query National Working Committee of APC had sent him on his anti-party activities on Tuesday in preparation for his expulsion
Given 24 hours to respond, the Senate President knew the time was up as he quickly took the decision to join the Peoples Democratic Party. Although, the senate president has been widely expected to return to the party he left four years ago, but the query hastened his decision to avoid been embarrassed
Aside the query, the decision of the National Working Committee, NWC, of the party to dissolve the executive of APC in Kwara, Saraki’s base without his knowledge sent an unmistakable signal that the party was no longer interested in any reconciliation. A move seen by Saraki and his loyalists as clear signal that he was no longer wanted, hence the immediate decision to return home
The NWC dissolved the executives of the party from ward to the state level and swiftly appointed a caretaker chairman belonging to the rival APC group led by the Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed.
The party in a resolution signed by the National Secretary of the party, Mai Maila Buni, said the senate president had allegedly flouted the laws of the party with his activities.
Some of the allegations raised against him include that “you encouraged and facilitated by providing an enabling environment for the defection of some senators who are members of the APC to the other opposition Parties.
“That you have deliberately refused to screen nominees for appointments submitted by Mr President who are members of the party from being confirmed by the senate. This has caused untold embarrassment and ridicule to the party and the government.
“That you have organised a public rally in your state where members of the party urged you to decamp to PDP. That as a follow up to the above the Kwara state governor who is known to be your staunch supporter Had made public pronouncements suggesting that he will decamp from the party as an indicator to your formal defection.
“That you used the office of the Senate President to cause avoidable delays in the budgetary process and passage of the appropriation act into law thereby frustrating the implementation of the party’s manifesto and programs and frustrating the APC led Federal Government in the actualisation of the campaign promises of the party.
“Converting the guest house of the senate President to meeting points and presiding over anti APC activities in the guest house and encouraging defection of senators from the party and presiding over such meetings and compiling a list of the said defectors including some without out their consent.
“Procuring joint letter of decampees from the APC and reading same on the floor of the senate including some who did not accede to defecting thereby causing embarrassment to the party.
“Inspite of the efforts to address grievances to reconcile aggrieved members, you worked against the process and encouraged the formation of an association which sought to impersonate and pass off the name of the party”.
The resolution demanded that the senate president respond to the allegations or face sanctions.
Rather than respond to the query , Saraki decided to leave before being fired.