The Kwara State chapter of the Peoples Democratic Party on Monday appealed to a former senator, Gbemisola Saraki, to shelve her rumoured bid to dump the party.
“Although we are relieved by the assurance that the rumour of the possible defection of Sen. Gbemi Saraki is false and unsubstantiated, nevertheless, we consider it expedient to implore Senator Saraki and her teeming supporters not to allow the voices of division to overwhelm them,” the state secretary of the party, Hassan Razaq, said in a statement Monday.
He added, “At this critical time in the life of our party in Kwara State, we believe that all hands must be on deck to sustain the party and lead it to victory in the forthcoming polls.
“As a party, we believe Senator Gbemi Saraki has made invaluable contributions and sacrifices for the PDP in the state and beyond.
“We particularly noted her maturity and sportsmanship before, during and after the party primaries which produced distinguished Senator Simeon Ajibola as the party’s gubernatorial candidate for the April 11th gubernatorial election in the state.
“It would therefore be sad if such an individual, who has immensely uplifted the party in the state, abandons the house she has built at its time of need. This is Kwara PDP’s time of need and we urge Senator Saraki to remain in the party and see through the struggle for the liberation of Kwarans.
“Although it may not be impossible that there are areas of grievances, we believe it is not enough to allow such to derail our focus now ahead of the polls.
“We reiterate that all the genuinely aggrieved are being sorted and the leadership of the party shall do all its best to ensure that all cases of genuine grievances are addressed before the polls.”