Ex-Senate President Bukola Saraki

“Governor Wike is an important member of our party and I am very confident that in no distant time, we will sit down and address all the issues…”

Dr Bukola Saraki, former Senate President, has said some governors on the platform of the All Progressives Congress, APC, cannot snatch Rivers State Governor Nyesom Wike from the Peoples Democratic Party following their last Friday’s visit to Rivers State Governor Nyesom Wike.

He described as an exercise in futility the moves made by the Governors of Ekiti, Ondo and Lagos states, Dr Kayode Fayemi and Mr Olurotimi Akeredolu and Mr Babajide Sanwo-Olu who recently visited the Rivers State governor .

The three APC governors were said to be in Port Harcourt, the Rivers State capital, apparently to woo the aggrieved PDP governor to the ruling APC.


But Saraki who spoke with journalists on Friday night in Ilorin, the Kwara State capital on the visit, said it would amount to nothing at the end of the day, adding that PDP would not allow Wike to leave the main opposition party.

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According to him, “Governor Wike is an important member of our party and I am very confident that in no distant time, we will sit down and address all the issues.

“The APC governors know that it is this kind of a crack they need to latch on to. Fortunately, we are not going to give him (Wike) to them because the election ahead is too important.

“The destinies of millions of Nigerians are too important and even bigger than any party or individual. I appreciate that; all our stakeholders appreciate that and Governor Wike himself appreciates that.”

On the current strike by university unions in Nigeria, the ex-governor of Kwara State blamed it on the federal government’s insensitivity.

Senator Saraki added: “There is no way I will be part of the government as the Senate President and ASUU and other unions in the universities will go on strike for months.

“There is no doubt about it that he has cause to feel the way he does, but there are better ways by which issues like this would be resolved.

“The good thing is that we are all talking to one another. We are on top of the situation and PDP will reunite and forge ahead to win the next elections.

“I assure you that PDP will resolve the family issues that it currently has,” he said.

Saraki added: “The fact that some APC governors went to see their colleague, trying to capitalise on what they think is an issue is a gross miscalculation. At the end of the day, their visit is going nowhere.

“It is a lack of compassion and dedication. It is a matter that government should lock itself up in a room and not come out until the matter is resolved.

“And I have not seen that dedication. I don’t know whether you have seen it.

“That is the difference between the PDP government and what we have now. It could not have happened under Presidents Obasanjo, Yar’Adua and Jonathan,” Saraki said.

He, however, predicted that the PDP would form the next government to return the governance of the country to the people and also boost their socio-economic well-being.