In the past few weeks, it was announced that Dino Melaye, Rabiu Kwankwanso and a group of senators were parting with the All Progressives Congress (APC) and moving to the People’s Democratic Party (PDP). When the announcement was made giving shifting the balance in the National Assembly, it was largely expected that Senate President Bukola Saraki would also make the move.
Since then, the rumor mill has swarmed with conversation about Saraki moving on from the ruling party. Today, a tweet sent out from his Twitter account confirmed the suggestions as the Senate President let it be known that he has made the call to leave the party.
I wish to inform Nigerians that, after extensive consultations, I have decided to take my leave of the All Progressives Congress (APC).
— Bukola Saraki (@bukolasaraki) July 31, 2018
Saraki’s influence over his state, Kwara cannot be understated and we have also seen an exit from APC by the Governor of Kwara Ahmed Abdulfatah. While the Senate President doesn’t say he will be making a return to PDP, Abdulfatah who made his announcement shortly after Saraki announced he will be moving to PDP, which could be a suggestion as to the line of action the Senate President shall take.
Following consultations and in response to calls by major stakeholders in the state, I have moved to the PDP as APC can no longer serve as a platform for achieving the aspirations and expectations of my people.
— Alh Abdulfatah Ahmed (@AbdulfataAhmed) July 31, 2018