Friday, July 27, 2018 10:30 am
It appears it will not be a smooth sail for Senate President Bukola Saraki and Governor Abdulfattah Ahmed to the Peoples Democratic Party from the All Progressives Congress after all.
While two senators, Shaaba Lafiagi (Kwara North) and Rafiu Ibrahim (Kwara South) as well as the some members of the House of Representatives from the state have formally defected from APC to PDP, it is expected the governor and the Senate President will join the train to the opposition party in the days ahead.
But the Kwara State chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Akogun Iyiola Oyedepo is not at all excited by the bigwigs that are set to join his party and had indicated that he will rather abandon the PDP for them.
While speaking on a radio programme in Ilorin, Oyedepo, said the national executive of the PDP has already set up a committee to interface between his group and the defectors which has been slated for next week.
But he accused the national leadership of PDP of being insensitive to the politics of Kwara State and giving in to the deep pockets of the defectors.
He added that the national leadership of the party will have to choose between him and the Saraki group: “If we agree to work with them (Saraki), just imagine myself and (Governor AbdulFattah Ahmed) Maigida standing on the same rostrum, pledging to do things for the people. It will be a shame; many people will look at me and wonder what has happened. So, it is better not to be in politics again. Instead of a dog being the treasurer for the lion, it is better for both to part ways and go on their separate hunting game.
“We have not sat down with the Senate President, Dr. Bukola Saraki and the state governor, Alhaji AbdulFattah Ahmed, even though I’m hearing several rumours that I have met with them and that they have offered me juicy positions. Those are all lies; the Senate President despite his humongous wealth, does not yet have what it takes to buy me. He cannot ever buy me because he cannot buy my integrity. If my bank account is not fat, my integrity account is very fat.
“So, they have not met with us but our national body said they have set up a committee to meet with the two sides next week and when that meeting comes up, we are going to tell the national body that we cannot accept the formula they have put down which is 60:40, 60 percent for a state defecting with the governor and 40 percent for the existing PDP members. And if they said what of 50:50, or 40:60 or 30:70 or even 10:90, we shall not accept; we cannot accept any offer. Anything less than our not working together we cannot accept.
“So, we will tell our national body to choose between us and them and I know that they will not choose us because we don’t have money but we are not worried. We will only know that an end has come to our journey and our relationship (in the PDP).
“If we agree to work with them (Saraki), just imagine myself and (Governor AbdulFattah Ahmed) Maigida standing on the same rostrum, pledging to do things for the people. It will be a shame; many people will look at me and wonder what has happened. So, it is better not to be in politics again. Instead of a dog being the treasurer for the lion, it is better for both to part ways and go on their separate hunting game.
“The blame is not from the Saraki camp; the blame is from our national leaders (in the PDP). Leadership in Nigeria is the conspiracy of the elite to punish the downtrodden. When they gave us the party, we inherited nothing and so whatever you see in the PDP today is the product of our efforts. For this alone we should not be interested in defecting from our own house but it is better we do so now and look forward to better future for our dear state.”
According to Vanguard newspaper, Oyedepo is author of the book: Shonga and the Looting of Kwara State Treasury.