Senate President Bukola Saraki has said plots by an All Progressives Congress (APC) cabal to capture and enchain the Senate informed his decision to dump the party.
He said his resolution became inevitable to uphold the Senate’s integrity and protect it from subservience that would lead to slavish surrender and make it a mere rubber stamp for the executive.
According to Saraki, who defected to the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) on Tuesday, “a self-serving gulf that has been created between the leadership of the two critical arms of government based on distrust and mutual suspicion has made any form of constructive engagement impossible.”
He said he wanted peace but a “government-within-government” which had formed a wall around President Muhammadu Buhari wanted something else.
He said cooperating with the APC cabal would betray his democratic convictions and undermine the very basis of the Senate as a parliament of the people.
“I have no doubt in my mind, that to surrender this way is to be complicit in the subversion of the institution that remains the very bastion of our democracy,” Saraki said. “I am a democrat.”
“Anyone who lays even the most basic claim to being a democrat will not accept peace on those terms,” he said.
Saraki’s exit from the APC came after its National Working Committee (NWC) dissolved the Kwara State executive of the party believed loyal to the Senate President.
Some protesters also stormed APC headquarters on Tuesday demanding Saraki be expelled from the party.
Kwara State governor Abdulfatah Ahmed, a Saraki loyalist, also dumped APC for PDP.