By Steve Oni, Ilorin
The Senate President, Dr Abubakar Bukola Saraki, has on Tuesday formally announced his defection to the Peoples Democratic party, PDP.
He said his decision to dump the All Progressive Congress which he helped into power in 2015 was based on the insistence of his supporters and the guidance he received from God.
Saraki announced his defection during a stakeholders meeting in his Ilorin residence. In attendance at the meeting were governor Abdulfattah Ahmed, all members of the National Assembly from the state, 23 members of the state’s House of Assembly and local government chairmen and members of the state’s executive council.
He said: “We discussed this issue last week when I came home. You told me that you were tired of APC, but I asked you to exercise patience. I told you that I will seek God’s guidance and feed you back on my return to Ilorin.
” The federal government appointed over 200 persons into juicy offices without allotting any slot to me or Dogara. Everything went to Katsina, Katsina, Lagos, Lagos. If not for the love I have for Nigeria, we would have scattered everything. They don’t want us in their party. They don’t like us in Kwara. What am after is for my people to enjoy dividends of democracy. I want us to be in the party that will love my people. Wherever we are we will win elections. The governor told me he’s tired of APC. Those we are talking to in PDP have understood that we need to move Nigeria forward. There is no cause for alarm. We should forget about personal ambition as we move to a new party. What should be paramount in our minds is Nigeria’s progress. We will set up our committee which will be meeting with the PDP committee. I’ ve met with great stakeholders in PDP such as Prof Sulaiman, Ajibola Simon, Yekini Alabi and we have all agreed to work together. We should cooperate with PDP people who we are joining.”