The registration of All Progressives Congress (APC) is an indication that Nigeria has got a real opposition party, according to former governor of Kwara State, Dr. Bukola Saraki.
Saraki, who represents Kwara Central in the upper chamber of the National Assembly and is the chairman, Senate Committee on Environment, made this known yesterday in Ilorin, the state capital, while speaking with newsmen.
He explained that prior to the formation of the APC, all the parties claiming to be opposition were merely regional parties.
Describing the registration of APC as a good development, Saraki said, “Elections will not be taken for granted again. APC is good for our democracy. It is a real alternative. It will make those of us in the Peoples Democratic Party to sit tight.
“But time will tell how cohesive the APC people are. Before we have regional opposition parties and that made them unattractive. It will take a lot to dislodge a party as large as PDP,” he added.
Speaking further, Saraki called for the diversification of the nation’s economy as a panacea to the incessant cases of oil theft.
“There should be laws to check the activities of oil thieves. We should have the political will to tackle headlong those involved in this act of economic sabotage”, he added.