Sarakis battle for Kwara as Gbemisola, APC, CPC leaders decamp to PDP

Gbemi Saraki addressed her supporters on Saturday.

Two weeks after her elder brother officially announced his decision to dump Nigeria’s ruling Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, for the All Progressives Congress, APC, Gbemisola Saraki has joined the ruling party.

Ms. Saraki, a former senator, announced her decision when she addressed her supporters in Ilorin, Kwara State, on Saturday.

Ms. Saraki was elected senator on the PDP platform in 2007 but left the party in 2011 to challenge for the governorship seat of the state. She lost to the PDP candidate and incumbent governor, Abdulfatah Ahmed. Mr. Ahmed was heavily backed by her brother and then outgoing two-term PDP governor, Bukola Saraki.

Messrs Ahmed and Saraki have since dumped the PDP for the APC. While the governor announced his decision in November last year, Mr. Saraki, now a senator, announced his decision in a letter to the Senate President, David Mark, in January.

Addressing supporters in Ilorin, Ms. Saraki urged them to join hands with the PDP “to rescue the state from the shackle of oppression.’’

The former senator, who said she was worried about the plight of youth in the state, added that majority of them were jobless.

“The situation is so bad that many people have abandoned the trades they spent several years to learn,” she said.

She, however, expressed optimism that if voted into power, PDP would return Kwara to the path of excellence in the management of human and natural resources.

She urged the people of Kwara to support President Goodluck Jonathan, saying she was happy that majority of the people remained in PDP.

Those who joined Ms. Saraki to decamp to the PDP include Lola Ashiru, an APC leader in Offa; Sunday Fagbemi, also of APC, and several other APC members.

The governorship candidate of the defunct Congress for Progressive Change, CPC, in 2011, Abdulrahman Abdulrazaq, also defected to the PDP.


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  • Tufiakwa

    Where are the Internat rats? They have all gone quiet.

    • Kay Soyemi (Esq.)

      But you are not quiet!

      • Tunji Olarewaju

        Lol!!!

  • shadow

    This woman is full bullshit,she n her family shud go n die somewhere,she has notin to offer,just a daft opportunist.

    • Tufiakwa

      Her family includes the man wanted by EFCC, currently seeking refuge under the witch broom of the APC

      • esaulogbon

        Yes…if her brother dumps PDP and now APC, what stops PDP led government from bringing him to book? Or is PDP afraid of him?

      • Emmanuel

        Witch broom! Hahahaha…….On a serious not, this same man wrecked Societe Generale Bank, made away with people’s funds and became a Governor. Now the Witch broom has made him a Saint. What an irony?

  • Issei

    Cocaine addict,PDP I dey laughooooooo

  • HonsylGlobal.COM

    PDP is surely getting desperate. PDP left the big fish for rejects. It is now certainly playing a second fiddle.

    • Emmanuel

      Big rotten fish if I may say. It is about time those who make the air foul in PDP leave. If the so called rejects are more decent then PDP may just be blessed by all this.

  • Ilorin2dCORE

    Ilorin was practically shut down yesterday at the rally. It was like the whole city was at the venue of the rally. Thumps up Gbemi Saraki, congrats Goodluk Jonathan!!!! PDP, Power to the People!!

    • Efe1

      Ilorin must be a small town with about 30,000 population. You call this shut down? Well it consoles you so ride on.

  • Sarakiboy

    The saraki siblings joined hands against their. Laolu, Gbemi and Tope Saraki against their renega e brother. The said their father didnt ask them to defect!!!

  • falaye ore

    Ilorin was shut down! How many senator follow her to PDP? How many rep member? How many LG chairman? How many chancellor? How many APC executives from state,LG and wards? PDP is a loser and APC is a gainer as far as Kwara is concern. PDP has thrown away the big fish and now hunting for tadpol I am very sorry for them!