Senator Abdullahi Adamu (APC-Nasarawa) has faulted the defection of the President of the Senate, Dr Bukola Saraki, from the All Progressives Congress(APC) to the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).
Peoples Democratic Party national chairman Uche Secondus and Senate President Bukola Saraki
Adamu, who made this known in an interview with newsmen in Abuja on Friday, said “Saraki had stepped on banana peel and should be prepared to bear the consequences of his action.
“If Saraki knows political intricacies and the political terrain or the path where the banana peel in political landscape is, he will be more cautious.
“The way he is going now, he has obviously stepped on banana peel and only God knows how far he will slip.
“I will not pretend. I think he made a mistake and he took a wrong decision. He will have stories to tell along the line.
“It is not the best he could have done. He had a duty to his father to keep the flag of the family flying but the way he is going, I do not think he is doing that.”
He then urged Saraki to step down to avert consequences, adding that “he should honourably return the crown or be ready to bear the consequences.”
Adamu, who is the Head of pro-Buhari Support Group in the Senate, vowed that with the defection, it would not be business as usual.
He explained that “the defection of Saraki and the other lawmakers is a game changer.
“We expect them to do it amicably and peacefully. They should make sure they do not run away with our crown.
“If they think they will go and nothing will happen and that it will be business as usual, then they need to think again.
“I will not say whether we will take steps or not take steps. We hope that between now and resumption of Senate plenary, more events will unfold. We do not want to be in a hurry to speculate.”
The lawmaker, however, said that if Saraki insisted on leading a senate with majority of lawmakers from the APC, there would be repercussions.
On the belief that Saraki did not do anything constitutionally wrong by defecting, and that there was a precedence where former Speaker of House of Representatives, Aminu Tambuwal, defected but remained the Speaker, Adamu said “it will not happen this time. We are more educated on the rules now.”
On gale of defections from the ruling party, Adamu said he would not want any member to leave the party again, noting, however, that it was a free world and everyone was at liberty to join the party of his or her choice.
Abduallhi Adamu also attributed the recent developments in the country’s political space to acts of jealousy over President Muhammadu Buhari’s achievements.
Adamu said this while addressing All Progressives Congress (APC) stakeholders at an expanded meeting on Thursday in Lafia.
“We do know for a fact that what is happening in the political space of this country is the handiwork of democratic dissidents who do not see good in what President Buhari is doing.
“They are being goaded by people who are highly jealous of Buhari’s achievements in terms projects, social welfare and well-being of the people; achievements those before him failed to deliver.”
Adamu reaffirmed the determination of the people of Nasarawa State to Buhari’s re-election bid.
According to him, those defecting from the APC had seen the defeat awaiting them in 2019 and had to look for who to blame for their misfortune.
He alleged that said some politicians were behind the security challenges in parts of the country in order to create an atmosphere of uncertainty and fear.
He further said that their aim was to make people believe that Buhari was failing in terms of security.
The senator, however, urged the stakeholders not to relent until the re-election bid of the president was realised.
“It is not enough to seat in our abode and say it would happen; it would only happen when we match our commitment with action,” he said.
He also expressed optimism that the APC, with quality leadership, would reclaim Benue and Kwara States from the opposition in 2019. (NAN)Related