The Worst Will Happen If Saraki Is Removed – Baraje

An APC chieftain has expressed worry that the PDP may take over Senate leadership. 

Baraje says PDP may produce the next Senate president

Abubakar Kawu Baraje, a founding member of the All Progressives Congress (APC) has said that the worst will happen if Bukola Saraki is removed from his position as Senate President, Daily Trust reports.


Baraje who was a former acting national chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) observed that no other Senate president has suffered “dry, blatant, political tyrannical and open persecution” as Saraki, since the return of democracy in 1999.

He expressed worry that the PDP may take over the leadership position in the red chamber if Saraki loses out at the Code of Conduct Tribunal.

He said: “The PDP episode with Aminu Tambuwal, the 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. 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.

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“So, as regards whether we are comfortable with where we are and whether we are joining other groups, every politician has aspirations about the development of his people, and if you cannot achieve it in one place, you go to another place. It doesn’t mean that I am a political prostitute.

“I am a principled person and will not stop until I get what I want, which in this case is good governance, equality, democratic dividends for my people. Impunity, lawlessness, lack of due process are not what formed the APC.

“With the intervention of some leaders like us, the party will continue to thrive, but for it not to go the way of the PDP, the president must play politics, he said.

Baraje advised President Muhammadu Buhari to get more involved with happenings in the APC in order to check mate the culture of impunity which made his group leave the PDP.

“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.

“We would never romance impunity. President Buhari should be wary of them and play more politics now. He has gone into the house and has seen how bad it is; he has reorganised the house and what is left now is to consolidate on the reorganisation,” he added.

Meanwhile, the National Strategic Group has criticized the All Progressive Congress for failing to react to threats by the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) to take over the leadership of the Senate.

Source:  Daily Trust, News

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