All Progressives Congress (APC) chieftain, Alhaji Abubakar Kawu Baraje has warned the All Progressive Congress (APC) leadership that the worst will happen if the Senate President, Bukola Saraki is removed from office, which may “have the PDP taking over the Senate presidency and deputy”.
The former acting National Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) made this assertion in an interview with some journalists in Ilorin, the Kwara State capital. He observed that no other Senate president has suffered “dry, blatant, political tyrannical and open persecution” as Bukola Saraki, since the return of democracy in 1999.
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Baraje also disclosed that prior to the 2015 general elections, the APC had only three states in the North Central but “with a dint of hard work, Saraki delivered the zone 100 per cent.”
He also added that the APC should be proud of producing the Senate President, stressing that “The PDP episode with Tambuwal (former House of Representatives Speaker) is still fresh in history. The PDP then didn’t throw the baby away with the bath water, knowing fully well that such move will be counterproductive. It was well managed and Tambuwal remained the Speaker under the then PDP.
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He stressed that, “Our party may loath the ways of PDP, but out of every bad situation and experience, there are atoms of goodness, and every visionary leader will separate the chaff from the corn and take what is good out of it. So, it is not as if the Senate president has gone against his party”.
He also advised president Buhari to be more involved with happenings in APC in order to checkmate the culture of impunity which made his group leave the PDP. Baraje said, “We must sound a note of warning to President Buhari to shine his eyes. There are people in the party, in the guise of reconciling people, who say they are working for the success of the party, while (they are) actually doing that for their own selfish interest”.