The Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, has hailed the return of Bukola Saraki, the Senate President, and Abdulfatah Ahmed, Governor of Kwara State, back to the party.
According to a statement by Kola Ologbondiyan, the PDP National Publicity Secretary, on Tuesday, the return of Saraki, whom he described as "a hero of democracy", and Ahmed to the party was important following the harassments they allegedly endured while in the APC.
The statement added that the return of the two Kwara politicians will help bolster Nigeria at a time “the nation requires the input of genuine patriots that will save it from an impending decline”.
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Ologbondiyan also welcomed Ahmed Ibeto, who also on Tuesday resigned his appointment as the Nigerian Ambassador to South Africa and his membership of the APC to defect to the PDP.
The statement partly read, “The PDP notes the harassment and intimidation that the duo of Senator Saraki and Governor Ahmed had suffered from the lords in the disintegrating All Progressives Congress (APC) which they helped to build and nurtured to win elections.
“Senator Saraki, in particular, has conducted the affairs of the Senate in reflection of the wishes of the silent majority of Nigerians and had emerged a hero of democracy”.
The PDP, therefore, said it “has no doubts that Senator Saraki, Governor Ahmed and Alhaji Ibeto will contribute immensely to the new order that engender good governance in our nation”.
The party assured all the returning members of all the rights and privileges accruable to every member.
Saraki and Ahmed were initially members of the PDP but decamped to the APC prior to the 2015 elections.
The duo, however, announced their decision to return back to the PDP on Tuesday.