Senator Bukola Saraki has disclosed that at least 17 Senators of the Peoples Democratic Party will this week defect to the All Progressives Congress.
Saraki, who is Chairman of the Senate Committee on Ecology and Environment, made this known in an interview with journalists in Ilorin, the state capital on Sunday. He said the concerned senators had already consulted with their senatorial districts even as he added that they had signed the letter and perfected all other strategies for their defection.
The senator’s revelation comes on the heel of moves by the newly appointed national chairman of PDP, Alhaji Adamu Mu’azu to reconcile all aggrieved members of the party and woo back those who have already defected from the ruling party.
“We are going to formally defect. Before we started we were already 19 senators. Then Jigawa pulled out. We have about 17 senators that will defect from PDP to APC. The letter has been signed.
“I have signed my own. Others have signed theirs. So, it is not a matter of probability or that it will be. It must be and not a matter of months or weeks but a matter of days”, he said.
The former Kwara State governor said he had gone with his election-winning machinery to the APC. He also predicted that the APC would win both the presidential and governorship elections in the state.
Decrying the crisis in Rivers State, Saraki alleged that there was lots of impunity in the state.
He also backed the directives of the APC leadership to its members in the National Assembly to block the passage of the 2014 budget, confirmation of ministerial nominees and service chiefs.
He added that he supported other democratic and lawful measures to restore peace and stability to the troubled Rivers State.
While denouncing the acrimony between the Governor of Rivers State, Mr. Rotimi Amaechi, and the state’s Commissioner of Police, Mr. Joseph Mbu, Saraki pointed out that the police chief ought to submit himself to Amaechi as the Chief Security Officer of Rivers State or be redeployed.
According to him, the Inspector-General of Police, Abubakar Mohammed, is capable of handling the matter, having encountered even more serious situation in Kwara State where he once served as the CP.