The deputy national publicity secretary of the APC, Yekini Nabena said the Senate President Bukola Saraki should declare where he belongs
- Nabena said Saraki should not destroy a house that gave him accommodation
- He, however, noted that the Senate president is free to leave the APC
The deputy national publicity secretary of the APC, Yekini Nabena on Sunday, July 15, declared that Senate President Bukola Saraki must tell the world whether he is still in the party or not.
Daily Trust reports that Nabena said the declaration was necessary because Saraki’s close allies, including Alhaji Abubakar Kawu Baraje and chief of staff Hakeem Baba Ahmed, had left the APC.
The statement read: “In recent times, there have been attempts to discredit the leadership of the APC and the federal government it controls by a roguish alliance of forces within and outside the party.
“The President of the Senate, Bukola Saraki, has loomed large in this scheme. Saraki has never hidden his sympathy for those who have launched a vicious attack on the APC, a party that gave both him and the nascent mudslingers the platform on which they ply their political careers.”
The Cable also reports that Nabena told Saraki that he is free to leave the APC, while warning him not to “try to destroy a house that gave him accommodation”.
He said: “We are aware that a number of Saraki’s aides and close allies have left APC for the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP). For example, Alhaji Abubakar Kawu Baraje has returned to his former home in PDP; Saraki’s Chief of Staff, Hakeem Baba Ahmed has withdrawn his membership from APC,” the statement continued.
“We are also not unaware of the fact that Saraki is the brawn and the brains of the so-called Reformed All Progressives Congress (rAPC).
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“APC is a democratic institution and Saraki is free to make choices in accordance with the laws of the country. But he cannot continue to take members of APC for a ride.
“Politics is based on trust. Saraki has betrayed the trust reposed on him by the party. If he wants to leave APC, let him leave peacefully, and not try to destroy a house that gave him accommodation when he needed it most. His current attitude can only be the action of a traitor or a double agent.”
Senate President Bukola Saraki said he belongs to the APC but the party increasingly does not belong to him, said time will determine his position in the party.
The Senate president along with some other members of the new Peoples Democratic Party (nPDP) have been lamenting what they called segregation and unfavourable treatment by the APC. Saraki made his statement in Abuja while responding to a comment by the chairman.
Kabiru Yusuf, who praised him for going to Saudi Arabia to perform the Lesser Hajj, went to Russia where he addressed the Russian parliament and returned home to attend the APC convention “a party to which he belongs but which increasingly does not belong to him.”
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