The senate president Senator, Dr. Bukola Saraki has quit the All Progressive Congress, (APC).
Saraki on his Twitter handle on Tuesday said ‘I wish to inform Nigerians that, after extensive consultations, I have decided to take my leave of the All Progressives Congress (APC)’
He also said that ‘in the three years since the 8th Senate was inaugurated we have advanced legislation to better our business environment, fund infrastructure development, improve healthcare and education and take care of the most vulnerable.
I wish to inform Nigerians that, after extensive consultations, I have decided to take my leave of the All Progressives Congress (APC).
— Bukola Saraki (@bukolasaraki) July 31, 2018
Today, I am excited to welcome home to the @OfficialPDPNig, the very sagacious and excellent leader and president of the @NGRSenate, Distinguished Sen. @bukolasaraki. The @APCNigeria failed at putting you down, and inadvertently succeeded in making you stronger. Welcome home :) pic.twitter.com/7ku1zeZRNP
— Ben Murray-Bruce (@benmurraybruce) July 31, 2018
Saraki’s exit from the party was an anti-climax as he had openly romanced with the opposition Peoples Democratic Party, of which he was a member until 2014.
The resignation also came amidst expectations that the APC would formally expel him and Speaker Yakubu Dogara from the party.
Both senior members of the ruling party had been accused of disloyalty and anti-party activities, the latest of which was the joint statement issued by the duo accusing President Muhammadu Buhari of masterminding the political crisis in Benue state.
On Monday, the National Working Committee of the APC stripped Saraki and Governor Ahmed of the control of the party’s structure in the state, by dissolving the executives from the ward to the state level, an indication that the party was finished with them.
The party appointed a caretaker committee to take control of the party affairs. The party hinged its action on the party’s constitution.
Saraki’s Chief Press Secretary, Mr Sanni Onogu, who responded to a telephone enquiry from News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on the development, said “if you see it on his Twitter handle you should believe it.
“When the man has tweeted from his handle, what do I need to confirm again.”