APC Questions Saraki Over Defection


The All Progressives Congress, APC, has queried Bukola Saraki, the Senate President, over his defection from the ruling party to the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP.

The APC made this known in a resolution signed by Mai Maila Buni, its National Secretary.

The party alleged that Saraki has abused his office as the country's number three citizen to engage in "anti-party activities." The anti-party allegations by Saraki, according to the APC, is a breach of Article 21 of the party's constitution.

The resolution also explained that the Senate President has sabotaged the administration of President Muhammadu Buhari by deliberately refusing to screen and confirm government nominees for appointment.

The statement partly read, “That you encouraged and facilitated by providing an enabling environment for the defection of some senators who are members of the APC to the other opposition Parties.

“That you have deliberately refused to screen nominees for appointments submitted by Mr President who are members of the party from being confirmed by the senate. This has caused untold embarrassment and ridicule to the party and the government.

“That you have organized a public rally in your state where members of the party urged you to decamp to PDP. That as a follow up to the above the Kwara state governor who is known to be your staunch supporter had made public pronouncements suggesting that he will decamp from the party as an indicator to your formal defection.

The ruling party also accused the Senate President of hindering the President in the discharge of his duties by delaying the passage of government budgets.

The APC also accused Saraki of facilitating the defection of some Senators from the APC and erroneously declaring the names of some senators as defectors, thereby "causing embarrassment to the party."

“That you used the office of the senate President to cause avoidable delays in the budgetary process and passage of the appropriation act into law thereby frustrating the implementation of the party’s manifesto and programs and frustrating the APC led Federal Government in the actualization of the campaign promises of the party.

“Converting the guest house of the senate President to meeting points and presiding over anti-APC activities in the guest house and encouraging defection of senators from the party and presiding over such meetings and compiling a list of the said defectors including some without their consent.

“Procuring joint letter of decamped members from the APC and reading same on the floor of the senate including some who did not accede to defecting thereby causing embarrassment to the party. In spite of the efforts to address grievances to reconcile aggrieved members, you worked against the process and encouraged the formation of an association which sought to impersonate and pass off the name of the party,” it stated.

The resolution demanded that the Senate President responds to the allegations within 48 hours or face sanctions.

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