Senate president Bukola Saraki on Tuesday finally bowed out of the All Progressives Congress (APC), after weeks of speculations and expectations, just as his political brother, Gov. Abdulfattah Ahmed simultaneously also quit and pitch his tent with the opposition, Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).
Saraki’s exit from the party was an anti-climax as he had openly romanced with the opposition Peoples Democratic Party, of which he was a member until 2014.
“I wish to inform Nigerians that, after extensive consultations, I have decided to take my leave of the All Progressives Congress (APC),” Saraki said on his Twitter feed.
The resignation also came amidst expectations that the APC would formally expel the Senate President and the Speaker of the House of Representatives, Mr Yakubu Dogara from the party.
Both senior members of the ruling party had been accused of disloyalty and anti-party activities, the latest of which was the joint statement issued by the duo accusing President Muhammadu Buhari of masterminding the political crisis in Benue State.
On Monday, the National Working Committee of the APC stripped Saraki and Gov. Ahmed of the control of the party’s structure in the state, by dissolving the executives from the ward to the state level, an indication that the party was finished with them.
The party appointed a caretaker committee to take control of the party affairs, hinging its action on the party’s constitution.
Meanwhile, the defection of Ahmed was relayed in a terse statement signed by his Senior Special Assistant (SSA), on Media and Communication, Dr Muyideen Akorede, in Ilorin on Tuesday.
It was timed to coincide with a similar declaration by his mentor, the Senate President, Bukola Saraki, who announced on Twitter his exit from the APC.
“Following due consultations with the people and in response to calls by major stakeholder groups in the state, Kwara State Governor, Alhaji Abdulfatah Ahmed today defected to the People’s Democratic Party(PDP),” the statement said.
According to the statement, Ahmed declared that APC could no longer serve as a platform for achieving the aspirations and expectations of his people.