Nigeria’s Senate President, Dr. Bukola Saraki, has announced his defection from the All Progressives Congress (APC).
The former Kwara State Governor made this announcement via his Twitter handle on Tuesday, 31 July, stating that he’s no longer in the ruling party.
He wrote: “I wish to inform Nigerians that, after extensive consultations, I have decided to take my leave of the All Progressives Congress (APC).”
The National Publicity Secretary of the All Progressives Congress, Bolaji Abdullahi, has dumped the party.
The decision of spokesman to dump the APC came within minutes of the same announcement by the President of the Senate, Dr. Abubakar Bukola Saraki, and the Governor of Kwara State, Alhaji Abdulfatah Ahmed.
Abdullahi is an ally of both Saraki and Ahmed.
Nigerians have largely expected Mr. Saraki’s defection from especially after all the federal lawmakers from his Kwara State left the APC last week.
The Senate President is expected to join the main opposition party, the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).
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
Governor Ahmed, Mr Saraki’s political ally, also defected to the PDP.
A statement by his media aide, Muyideen Akorede, said the decision followed consultations with people in the state.
“Following due consultations with the people and in response to calls by major stakeholder groups in the state, Kwara State Governor, Alhaji Abdulfatah Ahmed today defected to the People’s Democratic Party(PDP), having realized that the All Progressive Congress (APC) can longer serve as a platform for achieving the aspirations and expectations of his people,” the statement said.