2019: Saraki, legislators perfect moves to dump APC
Barring any last minute changes to the plans, President of the Senate, Dr. Bukola Saraki may dump the All Progressives Congress (APC) before the end of the week.
New Telegraph investigations indicate 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 our correspondent.
The Special Adviser to the Speaker of the House of Representatives on Special Duties, Hon. Usman Bawa, had, on Monday, resigned his membership of the APC.
Chief of Staff to Saraki, Dr. Hakeem Baba-Ahmed had, about a fortnight ago, dumped the ruling party.
Incidentally, both Bawa and Baba-Ahmed are from Kaduna State.
Also, some days ago, some APC members on the platform of AKIDA group in the Kaduna State left the party, fuelling speculation that it may be a prelude for the grand defection of Saraki and Speaker Yakubu Dogara, Senator Shehu Sani and many other members of the National Assembly.
In what could be described as last ditch efforts to pave his way out of the ruling party, Saraki has been engaged in marathon consultations with leaders of the APC at the national level as well as in Kwara State.
On Monday night, he met for several hours with the National Chairman of the APC, Comrade Adams Oshiomhole, who visited him at his residence.
New Telegraph gathered that the meeting dwelt mainly on the crisis rocking the party and the apparent signals that Saraki was poised to defect to another party soon.
It was learnt that Oshiomhole pacified Saraki not to quit APC.
A source who monitored the meeting between Oshiomhole and Saraki said the former labour unionist left the meeting dejected, an indication that he was unable to convince Saraki to change his mind about the ruling party.
As part of the wider grassroots consultations preparatory to his leaving the party, Saraki flew to Illorin, Kwara State capital, yesterday to meet with his constituents.
The leadership of the APC in Kwara State had, on Monday, declared their unalloyed support for Saraki, but declared that they were prepared to go with him to anywhere he chooses to go.
Saraki joined the APC in 2014 from the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) after the party became factionalised and the New PDP (nPDP) emerged from the crack.
It could be recalled that the nPDP has been at loggerheads with the APC following allegations by the splinter group that its member were being marginalised and persecuted by the ruling party.
The group threatened to take its destiny in its own hands if its grievances were not addressed.
About a fortnight ago, Oshiomhole visited the National Assembly where he met with the Saraki, and other aggrieved members of the APC Caucus.