Critical Times News : We thought PDP was bad, but APC is worst, says Saraki

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We thought PDP was bad, but APC is worst, says Saraki


Senate President Bukola Saraki has explained his decision to leave the All Progressives Congress (APC) for the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).

Saraki announced his long-anticipated defection to the opposition on Tuesday, which was quickly followed by a similar announcement from Ahmed Abdulfatah, Governor of Kwara State.

Explaining his decision in a subsequent press statement, Saraki said that while he took full responsibility for this decision, it was one that was “inescapably imposed” on him by certain elements and forces within the APC who had ensured that the minimum conditions for peace, cooperation, inclusion and a general sense of belonging did not exist.

He said that despite his best efforts at securing peace, he realised that there were some others in the party leadership hierarchy who did not think dialogue was the way forward and therefore chose to play the fifth columnists.

On returning to the PDP, he explained: “When we left the PDP to join the then nascent coalition of All Progressives Congress (APC) in 2014, we left in a quest for justice, equity and inclusion; the fundamental principles on which the PDP was originally built but which it had deviated from. We were attracted to the APC by its promise of change. We fought hard along with others and defeated the PDP.

“In retrospect, it is now evident that the PDP has learnt more from its defeat than the APC has learnt from its victory. The PDP that we return to is now a party that has learnt its lessons the hard way and has realized that no member of the party should be taken for granted; a party that has realized that inclusion, justice and equity are basic precondition for peace; a party that has realized that never again can the people of Nigeria be taken for granted.”

Saraki expressed excitement about the new efforts of the PDP to build on the core principles of promoting democratic values, internal democracy, accountability, inclusion and national competitiveness, genuine commitment to restructuring and devolution of powers, and an abiding belief in zoning of political and elective offices as an inevitable strategy for managing the country’s rich diversity as a people of one great indivisible nation called Nigeria.

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