President of the Senate, Bukola Saraki, has stated reasons for leaving the ruling All Progressives Congress, APC, to his former party, the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP.
Saraki, in a statement he signed pointed that the decision was arrived at, after extensive consultations.
A part of the statement read, “I wish to inform Nigerians that, after extensive consultations, I have decided to take my leave of the All Progressives Congress, APC.
“This is not a decision that I have made lightly. If anything at all, I have tarried for so long and did all that was humanly possible, even in the face of great provocation, ridicule and flagrant persecution, to give an opportunity for peace, reconciliation and harmonious existence.
“Perhaps, more significantly, I am mindful of the fact that I carry on my shoulder a great responsibility for thousands of my supporters, political associates and friends, who have trusted in my leadership and have attached their political fortunes to mine.
“However, it is after an extensive consultation with all the important stakeholders that we have come to this difficult but inevitable decision to pitch our political tent elsewhere; where we could enjoy a greater sense of belonging and where the interests of the greatest number of our Nigerians would be best served,” Saraki explained.
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The Senate President further explained that there were internal forces opposed to harmony within the party.
“While I take full responsibility for this decision, I will like to emphasize that it is a decision that has been inescapably imposed on me by certain elements and forces within the APC who have ensured that the minimum conditions for peace, cooperation, inclusion and a general sense of belonging did not exist.
“For me, I leave all that behind me. Today, I start as I return to the party where I began my political journey, the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).
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“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 have realized that no member of the party should be taken for granted. A party that has realized that never again can the people of Nigeria be taken for granted,” Saraki stated.
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