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1 Aug 2018

How guidance from God and call from my supporters made me dump APC for PDP – Saraki reveals

Bukola Saraki, President of the Senate, has said he dumped the All Progressives Congresses Congress, APC, due to call from his supporters and the guidance he received from God.

Saraki, who just defected from the All Progressives Congress, APC, said this while addressing journalists after meeting with his supporters in Ilorin, the Kwara State capital, on Tuesday.

The meeting had in attendance the state governor, all the members of the National Assembly from the state, 23 members of the State House of Assembly, local government chairmen and members of the state executive council.

He lamented that all the juicy appointments in the President Muhammadu Buhari’s administration went to people from Katsina and Lagos States respectively.

Saraki claimed that the state was marginalised in terms of appointments by the APC.

Saraki said, “We discussed this issue last week when I came home. You told me that you were tired of the 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 (Speaker, House of Representatives, Yakubu) 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 I am after is for my people to enjoy dividend 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 the APC.

“Those we are talking to in the Peoples Democratic Party 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 the PDP such as Prof. Sulaiman, Ajibola Simon and Yekini Alabi and we have all agreed to work together. We should cooperate with the PDP people who we are joining.”

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