The Kwara State chapter of Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, has alleged that embattled Senate President, Dr. Bukola Saraki, is desperately seeking avenues to return to his former party under whose platform he was elected governor for eight years and first four years of his term in the Senate.
Mr. Saraki was one of the prominent chieftains of the PDP who defected to the All Progressives Congress in 2014 and played a major role in the latter’s electoral victory last year.
However, since going against his party’s wish to contest and win the Senate president seat with the active support of PDP senators last June, Mr. Saraki’s fighting a battle for political survival at the Code of Conduct Tribunal.
The Kwara PDP Chairman, Iyiola Oyedepo, who spoke when he received some party leaders from the 16 local government areas of the state in Ilorin, the state capital on Monday said the APC was out to render the Senate president “politically Unclad”.
“The Senate president is about to be made unclad by the APC. APC is in disarray and he is about to be made politically unclad”, Oyedepo said.
He claimed that Mr. Saraki is looking for political shelter under the umbrella, which symbolizes the PDP incase “the broom [the APC symbol] sweeps him away”.
Mr. Oyedepo, however, said “the mistake of 2003 must not be allowed to repeat itself in 2016”.
The reference to 2003 was when the young Mr. Saraki, a London-trained medical doctor, rode on the back of his father and strongman of Kwara politics, late Dr. Olusola Saraki, to emerge governor for the first time on the platform of PDP, defeating the incumbent, Governor Mohammed Lawal, now deceased.
The PDP chair further stated that the party lost the 2015 governorship election in the state because candidates and party leaders never did things right.
“All the candidates of the party ran their elections the way they wanted with very scanty reference to the party executives at all levels.
“We did not handle campaign funds of the candidates and we were not involved in the logistical operations of the campaign.
“Where did we go wrong on the issue of our failure in the elections? After the primaries, some aspirants walked away, some betrayed the party’s candidates by working for our main opposition.
“Let anybody name any member of this executive that did just that. Even those that embezzled campaign or election funds are the loudest about dissolution of the executive.
“We have put together the state executive that was then divided by individual commitment to aspirants; the executive is now properly united and focused”, he said.