Saraki blasts Lai Mohammed, says he’ll remain in APC

It wsa reported that Senate President, Bukola Saraki has blasted all those who claimed that he has plans of switching from the All Progressives Congress (APC) to the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) describing them as his political adversaries.

Mr. Saraki became Senate President Tuesday, following an alliance with senators of his former party, PDP, at the expense of Ahmed Lawan, Yobe State, who was the anointed candidate of APC.
He won unopposed, while 51 senators loyal to the party leadership were at the International Conference Centre, waiting to hold a purported meeting with President Muhammadu Buhari.

Mr. Buhari did not attend the meeting eventually and later noted the constitutionality of the process of emergence of Mr. Saraki as well as that of the Speaker of the House of Representatives, Yakubu Dogara.

The APC rejected the outcomes of the two elections, saying Messrs Saraki and Dogara were not its candidates.

The development has fuelled speculations that Mr. Saraki and other senators loyal to him may have reached a deal with the PDP to return to the opposition party.

In a statement issued by his media office on Wednesday, Saraki who refrained from mentioning names, is believed to have directed his accusation at Alhaji Lai Mohammed, APC National Publicity Secretary.

It would be recalled that Mohammed has described the present composition of the leadership of the nation’s National Assembly, the Senate headed by Senator Olusola Saraki, and the House of Representatives, led by Yakubu Dogara, as pro-Peoples Democratic Party.

In response to Mohammed and rumour making the rounds that he will return to PDP, Saraki denied that he had a plan to decamp to PDP, describing the insinuation as ” absurd and laughable.”

According to him, “it is just cheap blackmail by political adversaries who want to call a dog a bad name in order to hang it. And those making such desperate allegations should remember that I willingly left the PDP on matters of principles when the party was in power. Is it now that the party is out of government and in opposition that I will now return having worked so hard for my party in the last general elections,” he queried.

He stated his commitment to the All Progressives Congress (APC), saying he remains a loyal party member and a leader of the party, committed to contributing his quota to building the party and helping it to deliver its promise of change to Nigerian people.

He urged all members of the National Assembly to put politicking behind them and settle down for the proper business of legislating. “Our country is going through a very trying times. We have the challenge of insecurity in the North East. The massive problem of youth unemployment and general economic challenges occasioned by the falling oil prices in the international market and the consequential fall in revenue.

“All these are coming against the huge public expectation that propelled our party into office. We have pursued our legitimate aspirations appropriately. Now that the issues have been settled, we need to move on in the larger interest of our people, without whose mandate we would not have been in a position to aspire to these positions in the first place.”


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