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1 Aug 2018

2019: Gov. Okorocha speaks on Saraki’s exit from APC affecting Buhari’s re-election

The Governor of Imo State, Rochas Okorocha has insisted that the defection of the Senate President, Bukola Saraki from the All Progressives Congress (APC), will not affect President Muhammadu Buhari’s re-election next year.

Okorocha spoke on the sidelines of the swearing in of the new chairman of the All Progressives Congress, APC, in Imo state, Daniel Madueke Nwafor, at the party’s national secretariat in Abuja.

He said: “They didn’t tell me when they joined the party and I don’t want to know when they are leaving. So, people are entitled to their opinion on how they see issues.

“Political party is just like a vehicle with which you get to the appointed destination and if they found that they can no longer get what they want in APC and they want to get to other parties, good luck!

“But the question you should ask me is that, how does that affect the party in 2019. I don’t see in anyway how it has affected the party negatively and the issue there is that President Muhammadu Buhari will win his reelection come 2019. “He is stronger and firm; he will do better than how he had done before in terms of electoral values.

“So, his (Saraki’s) defection is allowed. As they are going, many people are still coming into the party in their thousands.

“It is neither here nor there. We shouldn’t make a big issue of it. Saraki is entitled to his political opinion and he wants to leave, good luck and the governor of Kwara, my colleague leaves, good luck.”

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