Scores of members of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Ilorin West Local Government Area of Kwara State have protested the planned return of Senate President Bukola Saraki to the party.
The protesters said if the Uche Secondus-led executive insists on foisting Saraki and his supporters on them, they would move to another party.
The placard-carrying protesters marched from the secretariat at Geri-Alimi roundabout to Sawmill area of the metropolis.
Some of the placards read: “We don’t want authoritarian leader in Kwara”; “Saraki- go to another party- stay away from PDP”; “We say no to impunity in PDP” “Enough of political dealer”; “Liberation is our cause, Senator Saraki cannot lead us in PDP”.
Pioneer state PDP chairman Kunle Suleiman said: “If Uche Secondus insists on admitting Bukola Saraki into the PDP, we will move to another party with our structures. It is unfortunate that Secondus seems bereft of ideas on how to make PDP win the 2019 elections, otherwise he would not need defectors from APC.
“He ought to have devised other strategies of winning.
“Saraki’s and others’ defection to our party will make it impossible for PDP to win. Nigerians are politically wiser than before.
“All of them left the party then saying PDP is bad. They are now coming back to eat their vomit; they are shameless and I urge Nigerians to reject them. We don’t want them in our party any longer. We don’t want our party infested with leprosy.”
The Chairman, Abubakar Sulaiman, said: “They devastated our party and left for APC in 2014. I want to tell the whole world and the leadership that without them, Kwara PDP can win the 2019 elections.
“My fellow PDP members, my leaders, will we fold our arms and allow them destroy what we laboured for? Will we abandon our efforts, sacrifices and investment in PDP because of Senator Bukola Saraki? Will we allow them eject us out of the party we laboriously built?
“If the answers to these questions are in the negative, the earlier we take a proactive measure to defend what we have laboured to build the better.
“This is a state of one-man dominated democracy; a state of one man’s antics; a state where government is the government of one man, by one man and for one man, as against government of the people by the people and for the people.”
I am still in APC, says ex-Saraki ally
Abdulganiyu Cook-Olododo, former political ally of Senate President Bukola Saraki, has said he and his supporters remain members of the All Progressives Congress (APC).
Cook-Olododo, who was Chief of Staff, Commissioner and Secretary to the Kwara State government under then Governor Bukola Saraki, added that his loyalty to President Muhammadu Buhari is unmistakable and unshakable.
The politician was suspended by the party’s leadership for alleged anti-party activities.
Cook-Olododo, who addressed his supporters in his GRA-Ilorin home, said he decided not to challenge his suspension as “I didn’t want to destroy the house I helped to build. They claimed they suspended me but I refrained from saying or doing anything. I know I cannot be suspended in my Igbagun ward. We are still in APC and nobody can expel me from the party.”
“I am breaking this silence because I want the whole world to know where we are heading to
“During the congresses, they disallowed our members’ access to nomination forms. Despite this, we held all the congresses successfully by producing our own executives at all levels.
“My own style of politics is devoid of rancour, wrangling and acrimony. We are out to serve the people. Development and growth of Kwara is our concern.
“It is only in Kwara State that former political office holders live in penury after office; we are now more exposed; we cannot be deceived anymore.”
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