Saraki, Tambuwal, Others To Dump APC Next Week And What We’ve Heard So Far
Except for any last minute changes of plans, the President of the Senate, Dr. Bukola Saraki, may dump the All Progressives Congress (APC) and seal his defection to the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) before the end of next week.
Asides the Senate President, it is believed that some members of the splinter Reformed APC (R-APC) will be dumping the APC next week as the National Assembly embarks on a long vacation preparatory to the parties’ primaries for various elective offices.
“Just watch out before we leave for the annual recess next week, many of our members (R-APC) will denounce their membership of the APC. We are going to join a party that will guarantee us return ticket for 2019,” a source told New Telegraph.
Sahara Reporters also gathered that the Sokoto State Governor Aminu Tambuwal will be joined by some APC governors, among whom are Ahmed Abdulfatah of Kwara State, and Samuel Ortom of Benue State, who already announced his departure from APC on Monday saying he had been ‘red-carded”.
Ahead of the move, Saraki, Tambuwal and some of the APC governors met on Wednesday with PDP leaders and were together at the burial of the mother of Abubakar Baraje, Chairman of the New Peoples Democratic Party (n-PDP) bloc that spearheaded the defection of six governors from the PDP to APC in 2013, ahead of the 2015 presidential election.
Uche Secondus, National Chairman of the PDP; Nyesom Wike, Governor of Rivers State and n-PDP’s Baraje were among the notable PDP leaders who received Saraki and the renegade APC team two days ago.
There is no gainsaying that the planned defection of the APC bigwigs will further depletes the ranks of the ruling party, already hit by the breakout of the Reformed All Progressives Congress (R-APC) and the union of close to 40 political parties to form the Coalition of United Political Parties (CUPP).
However, in his attempt to avert what seems to be the exodus of its bigwigs to the leading opposition party, President Muhammadu Buhari on Thursday met behind closed doors with Saraki and some APC governors at the Presidential Villa, Abuja.
In what appears to be a peace initiative, the president pleaded with the senate president to stay back in the party.
Saraki’s meeting with Buhari at the Presidential Villa on Thursday was set up by APC governors, including Alhaji Aminu Masari (Katsina State), Senator Ibikunle Amosun (Ogun State) and Senator Atiku Bagudu (Kebbi State), who after initial discussions with the Senate president at his Abuja residence on Wednesday night, prevailed on the president to meet with him and persuade him not to defect from the party.
President Buhari is also likely to to meet with Speaker of the House of Representatives, Yakubu Dogara.