Former governor of Kwara state, Bukola Saraki continues to defy his late fatherâ€™s directives as all the children of Dr. Olusola Saraki have abandoned the former governor who recently defected to the All Progressives Congress, APC from the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP.
Senator Gbemi Saraki told loyalists of the late strongman of Kwara politics that after the 2011 election, her father advised his children and supporters that were in ACPN to return and stay in PDP but they were prevented from joining the party by some former leaders of PDP in Kwara state who recently defected to the APC.
Senator Saraki, who spoke at an enlarged meeting of politicians in the state organized by Gbemisola Ruqayyah Saraki, GRS Movement and the Kwara Conscience led by Alhaji Abdulrahman Abdulrazaq, said in compliance with their fatherâ€™s directives, herself and the other two children of Saraki are returning to the PDP.
Her two siblings that openly announced their return to PDP are Laolu Saraki and Tope Saraki. With this development former governor Bukola Saraki has become a lone ranger in the APC.
Apart from the three Sarakiâ€™s children, core loyalists of the late Kwara politician also announced their mass defection to the PDP alongside members of the defunct All Nigerian Peoples Party, ANPP; Labour Party, and ACPN on whose platform Gbemisola contested 2011 governorship.
Addressing the crowd that converged at the Arca Santa Arena, Ilorin, Senator Saraki thanked the people for heeding the directive of late Saraki to return to PDP and declared that Kwara people fare better in the ruling party than in the opposition.
â€œThe majority of the people of Kwara state remain in PDP. We must therefore show our strength. We must begin to pull together and give support to President Goodluck Jonathan. We have always fared better when we are part of the centre,â€ she said.
Senator Saraki lampooned all the politicians in the state that defected to the APC and stressed that they did it for selfish individual reasons and not for the benefit of the people of the state.
â€œIt is clear that the reason for defection by a loud few is because of their personal and selfish reasons. It is not about Kwarans, majority of who remain solidly committed to our great party and the national leadership.
â€œWe owe the people of Kwara full benefits of loyalty to the federal government. Our individual ambition must not be a hindrance.â€