Saraki Tears Kwara PDP Apart
Members of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Kwara State have become apprehensive over the speculated return of the Senate President, Bukola Saraki.
Some of the members have pleaded with the national leadership of the party not to handover the party structures to him.
The concerned members led by the State chapter Chairman, Akogun Iyiola Oyedeo was at the PDP National Secretariat on Wednesday to meet with the national leadership.
In an interview with journalists after the meeting, the party chairman said the state chapter is ready to make concessions to Saraki on some matters ahead of the 2019 general election.
“We are ready to make concession on what we have not decided on. 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 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,” he explained.
Oyedepo said the state PDP was apprehensive that the national leadership of the party might throw the structure open for Saraki to take over but had now been reassured that such would not happen.
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 t what our national chairman told us.
“So, we are so glad that even if anybody comes into our party, we are really not against it but whoever comes must respect the structure on 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 nobody should join our party.”
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