The alleged intention of the Senate president, Bukola Saraki to return to the opposition party, PDP has reportedly caused tumult in the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).
Meanwhile, the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Kwara state chapter said the former Kwara state governor is welcome anytime he decided to headway to the party but that he would not be allowed to alter or take over the leadership structure of the party.
Saraki Is Welcome To PDP Anytime But Won’t Be Allowed To Lead – PDP
The Kwara state PDP Chairman, Akogun Iyiola Oyedepo reportedly stormed the national secretariat to discuss with the national chairman, Uche Secondus and warned against Saraki taking over the party leadership mandate.
Oyedepo said the party would welcome the return of Saraki but would not allow his tinker with decisions that have already been made.
He said: “Our party is not all that apprehensive. We are apprehensive of what the national leadership can do to welcome somebody who had gone away from the party and later given a royal welcome.
“It is not Saraki’s coming that creates any fear. It is what the national executive can do to encourage him to seize the party structure from established people in Kwara state.
“But we have been assured that the era of impunity is gone. That’s the much our National Chairman told us.
“So, we are so glad that even if anybody comes into our party, we are really not against anybody coming into our party, but whoever comes, must respect the structure in the ground and cooperate with us appropriately.”
“We will welcome Saraki with open hands if he comes to be part of the party and we don’t have any issue on the executive. We can’t say somebody should not join our party.
“In plain language, the executive that is on ground constitutionally was elected for four years and parties are always in anticipation for new people to join the party.
“You cannot because some people have joined, you should now dismantle the structure of the party.
“So, if they come and want to be part of the process, they are welcome, and the only people that can open the gate for them sometimes illegally might be people that are high up.
“But we have been assured by those people that there will be nothing like that. So, anybody that will add value to our party is welcome.”
The state chairman said the party would make a concession on issues that decisions have not been taken yet on.
“We are ready to make a concession on what we have not decided on.
“What they meet, now they met the executive on ground, and we cannot remove the chairman for them or the Treasurer.
“If we have not done the primary for the governorship, House of Assembly, Senatorial, Presidential, for example, if Saraki says he wants to contest for the president, we cannot deny him (nomination) form.
“And if he wants to return to the Senate, we will give him form and other people too.
“So, we are ready to allow them on issues that have not been settled. But issues that are settled are for four years.”
Meanwhile, Nigeria News had earlier reported that PDP Urge Saraki, Kwankwaso, Others To Return To Party.
The Chairman of the Board of Trustees of Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Sen. Walid Jibrin has urged aggrieved members of the party, who left the party to retrace their steps and return to the party.