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In Kwara Gbemi Saraki dumps PDP for APC

Ms Saraki’s defection was announced to journalists in Ilorin, the Kwara State capital, on Tuesday, April 7, 2015 via a statement.

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Senator Gbemi Saraki


Former Senator, Gbemi Saraki has left the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) for the All Progressives Congress (APC).

Ms Saraki’s defection was announced to journalists in Ilorin, the Kwara State capital, on Tuesday, April 7, 2015 via a statement.

The statement reads:

“I come before you for a formal declaration of our move to the All Progressives Congress (APC).”

“Several friends and associates have asked me why we moved and I have responded by telling them that the reasons are not farfetched; the reason is as important as who we are as political organization.”

“We believe that a true leadership must be predicated on certain values that must be sacrosanct, which must also follow the sanctity of democratic ethos.”

“When we joined Kwara PDP, it was for the main reason of enlarging these inalienable values and re-engineering the processes of leadership through the party in order to mirror the true aspirations of Kwarans. Considering the circumstance of the party at the State level, we knew we had to work harder and make sacrifices to deliver a party that would represent the yearnings of our people.”

“However, the ensuing pattern of animosity within PDP was strongly placing our ideology on the crosshair of political attacks by elements within the party.”

“The last straw however, was the failure of the PDP to respect the place of women in politics as a basis of an inclusive template of leadership.”

“We therefore have come to the sad realization that the seeming marginalization of women in the PDP is deeply embedded in the party system and leadership and all attempts to cause a change from within have been met with brick walls and blatant prejudices against women leadership.”

“The choice was therefore clear – a constricted, backward vision of Kwara, which the opposition represents, or a bold step into the future that guarantees fairness, justice and hope. Thus, the move from the PDP into the APC was an easy decision for us considering our history with PDP and our vision for our future.”

“After wide consultations, we found in APC a platform that mirrors the ideals of our political family both in content and context especially with under the leadership of General Muhammadu Buhari.”

“We are assured in the promise of the APC for a new Nigeria. We are confident in the commitment of the President-elect to social justice, rule of law and economic posterity for all.”

Ms Saraki, sister to Senator Bukola Saraki, left the PDP two weeks ago but just released the statement to formally announce her move.

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