A former spokesman of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Kwara State, Sulyman Buhari, and the ex-State Publicity Secretary of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP), Kola Olawoye, also in Kwara State exchange words over why Saraki defected with public office holders in Kwara State.
NIGERIA NEWS gathered from reports that “Kola had alleged that Saraki had promised most political office holders in the state automatic ticket for re-election in order to secure their support.”
Recall that when Saraki defected, 23 out of the 24 House of Assembly members, two Senators (Rafiu Adebayo, Kwara South and Shaaba Lafiagi, Kwara North), all the 6 members of the House of Representatives and the all 16 council chairmen in the state left the ruling party with him.
Olawoye had confirmed that “Saraki assured the office holders that they would return to their positions in 2019.”
He told Guardian: “It would have been an unfair deal for us to have stayed back in PDP after hearing of Saraki’s defection. What could have been our fate when he had already promised all those holding elective positions automatic tickets?”
“That is our main grouse with him. His style is at variance with African culture of giving respect to the landlord of the house. At the APC, even though we are more in number we had settled for 50/50 share of portfolios.”
“This is pure democracy at work. The earlier we inculcate this virtue in us the better for democracy and the future of our children.”
Reacting, Buhari said “Olawoye’s claim was false, insisting that Saraki is a respecter of law and could not have promised automatic tickets.”
His words: “Our leader is a team player and had at no time contemplated complete take over of the PDP as alleged. He believes in democratic norms and would do everything within the ambit of relevant laws to guard it jealously.”
“The truth is that Olawoye and his group had already decided on what they would do even before Saraki joined the PDP. So, it would be unfair to stigmatize our leader as lacking in democratic norms.”