How Saraki, 15 senators were punished for dumping APC – Oshiomhole

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Adams Oshiomhole, national chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC), on Monday, November 18, spoke about the recent gale of defection that rocked the ruling party.

Oshiomhole said all 16 senators who defected to other parties with former Senate president, Bukola Saraki in July 2018 were punished by their respective constituencies for being disloyal.

The party national chairman made this known while speaking at the state house in Abuja where he led a delegation to present, Bayelsa state governor-elect, David Lyon, to President Buhari,

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Oshiomhole said: “I think the only that is still struggling now is Dino Melaye but as you can see from the result so car, Senator Smart Adeyemi is leading by over 20,000 votes even though INEC insists we must have a re-run for the remaining areas we are confident that there is no way he can make up for 20,000 vote deficit.

“I think the lesson for us to be learnt as a party is rather clear, that when politicians go to the polls to collect mandate on a particular political platform and then they dumped the party for another party, the electorate will always be waiting for them.

The former Edo state governor noted that Senator Dino Melaye who was also among the defectors would soon have his turn going by the results of the election in Kogi west senatorial district.

Meanwhile, The Herald reported that the political career of the former Senate President, Bukola Saraki, has been boosted as Kwara state chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Bashir Omolaja Bolarinwa, declared that the party can’t underrate the former governor of the state.

Bolarinwa made this known while briefing journalists on the necessity of the APC’s members to ensure that the party is strengthened at all levels.

He said: “Of course, as politicians we will be fooling ourselves if we think that Saraki is not lurking in the corner. That is why we are trying to put our house in order; to see that the governor is also on his toes at all times. It is working together and in cooperation that will make us ward off whoever comes to challenge us.”

On the performance of the state governor, AbdulRahman AbdulRazaq, he said: ”So far so good, don’t forget that the state was in shamble by the time APC took over. Virtually there was nothing on ground.”

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