Second Republic Senate Leader and acclaimed godfather of Kwara politics, Dr. Olusola Saraki, has defected to the Allied Congress Party of Nigeria (ACPN) just as he declared that the ACPN is the platform under which his daughter, Senator Gbemisola Saraki, will realise her gubernatorial ambition.
Saraki, who is the leader of Northern Union (NU), also pronounced the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) as dead in Kwara state.
Dr. Saraki stated these while addressing a mammoth crowd of his supporters, at his Olofa residence in Ilorin, the state capital.
Though, Saraki noted that, he was not a card-carrying member of the PDP, he lamented that, leaders of the party had closed the door of the party against him.
“It is however unfortunate that the door of the PDP has been locked by these people, against its decorum and against genuine party members. And we do not want to force the door open and be counted among those tormenting the society.
“Those who are not involved in the building of the party, now capitalise on the inexperience of the leadership, to perpetuate themselves and turn themselves into tin-gods to decide the fate of the real people on the political turf. We now have PDP that lacks cohesion, focus, and is directionless and bereft of ideas on how to carry supporters along and win elections.
“The situation is so bad, to the extent that, most decisions of the party are based on
sentiments instead of having recourse to party guidelines and all known democratic norms. It was really an assault, of epic proportion, to the psyche of our teeming supporters,” he said.
The Waziri of Ilorin, who insisted that he and his son, Governor Bukola Saraki, are not fighting over who to succeed the younger Saraki, said the governor has been supporting his sister in the past, especially, when she went to the House of Representatives and the Senate.
He added that, since the governor had left the PDP loose, while those, whom he described as unknown people, have hijacked the party from him, he has decided to join the new party that would take care of his teeming mass of supporters, as well as give Senator Gbemisola Saraki the gubernatorial ticket.
“Therefore, all, who believe in me, have been forced to take the decision to dump the Kwara PDP and move en masse to the Allied Congress Party of Nigeria, which we believe, is the best platform to take the state to greater heights. We believe in people-oriented politics. We also have faith in a party that is committed to service delivery and will not circumvent the interest of the good people of Kwara state,” he said.
He however, called on his supporters to immediately burn the PDP cards with them and embrace the logo of the new party, stressing that they should also ensure that they all registered during the forthcoming voter registration.
The declaration was attended by Senator Gbemisola, former presidential aspirant, Alhaji Ibrahinm Eyitayo Dan-Musa, past state commissioners and chairmen, who were dropped by Governor Bukola Saraki’s administration as well as other supporters of the older Saraki, across the three senatorial districts in the state.