- Earlier, Engineer Musa Yeketi, a former staunch loyalist of a former Senate President, Dr Bukola Saraki, was suspended via a letter by his ward in Asa LGA of the state
- Following this move, Yeketi decided to leave the PDP and defected to the ruling All Progressives Congress in the state
- Meanwhile, he was accused in the letter sent to the state chapter and signed by the ward chairman and secretary of the PDP, respectively, of working against the party
On Sunday, March 20, an associate of former Senate President Bukola Saraki, Engineer Musa Yeketi, officially dumped the opposition Peoples Democratic Party for the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) in Kwara state in less than 24 hours after being suspended by the party.
The Punch reports that Yeketi, ex-commissioner for education in the state, defected alongside his 14 political groups to APC which he handed over to the state’s Deputy Governor, Mr Kayode Alabi.
The PDP leadership in the state in a statement on Saturday, March 19 suspended Yeketi, a political mentee of the late Dr Olusola Saraki, for allegedly working against the party interest.
The former commissioner used the occasion of his daughter’s wedding to announce his defection.
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Why he defected
Yeketi cited the leadership style of Senator Bukola Saraki as one of the reasons for his defection, Daily Trust added.
“Nonetheless, a wise visitor must take his leave when his host presents him shabby yams as supper.”
Defection: APC plotting 30-year ban for Saraki, Tambuwal, Ortom, others in fresh lawsuit
Following the recent judgment from the Federal High Court in Abuja evicting Governor David Umahi as the number one citizen of Ebonyi state, the All Progress Congress (APC) is on course to replicate a similar move on some of its members.
It was reported that the ruling party is taking legal steps that will see former party faithful like Bukola Saraki bag no fewer than a 30-year ban from vying for any elective office, a move prompted by the APC to punish former members who won under its umbrella and defected to another party.
Recall that Senator Bukola Saraki won his election under the umbrella of the APC before defecting to the PDP a few years later.
2023: Plot against Atiku thickens in PDP
Meanwhile, big wigs in the PDP, including former top military brass, were opposed to the fresh presidential bid of former vice-president, Alhaji Atiku Abubakar.
Regarded as among the main power brokers in the party since the inception of the PDP in 1998, the ex-military leaders were reportedly pushing for a paradigm shift in the contest for who would become the standard-bearer of the party.
Aside from their lieutenants still deeply entrenched in the system, the former leaders also wielded an awesome influence along with other power brokers in taking key decisions in the main opposition party.