SARAKI’S FRATERNITY WITH PDP
President of the Senate Dr Bukola Saraki may not have congratulated the new national chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, Prince Uche Secondus officially, his meeting with the PDP chieftain at Hilton Hotel Abuja on Monday spoke volume.
Saraki, the Deputy President of the Senate Ike Ekweremadu and one of their stooges, Senator Dino Melaye wined and dined with Secondus.
They threw banters to show comradeship even though they are no more in the same political parties.
But it must be noted here that PDP actually made Saraki the senate president at a period his party, the All Progressives Congress never wanted him.
The APC leadership had rooted for Senator Ahmad Lawal as a preferred candidate for the Senate presidency but Saraki colluded with the PDP members in the Senate to change the decision of APC.
It was a slap on APC that a PDP senator Ike Ekweremadu was negotiated to become the deputy senate president in a chamber dominated by the APC lawmakers. That was how far Saraki went to realise his personal ambition.
Saraki had to pay for it with prosecution by the Code of Conduct Tribunal over the alleged false declaration of assets while serving as governor of Kwara State.
A prosecution, Saraki tagged as persecution and punishment for daring the leadership of APC. His trial had since been thrown out by the CCT.
On Monday again, Kwara State Governor, Abdufatah Ahmed said that himself and his mentor Saraki would not be joining the PDP despite the call by the leadership of the party.
Recalled that the former Vice President Abubakar Atiku had called on Saraki and other former members of the PDP who crossed to APC prior to the 2015 presidential election to return.
Atiku categorically mentioned Saraki in his call, suggesting that there were plans on ground for some political giants in APC to defect to PDP before the next general election.
So, the fraternity between Saraki and PDP’s highest official is not out of place. It has gone beyond party, it now about family. Jolly old friends in a new strategy to boost their personal ambition.
In a couple of weeks, former President Goodluck Jonathan will lead a delegation of the reconciliatory group to appeal to aggrieved members of PDP and those who are presently stray in APC.
And less than 48 hours that Saraki was seen with Secondus, the Court of Appeal ordered his return to the Code of Conduct Tribunal to face three out of 18 count charges of false declaration of assets instituted against him by the Federal Government.
Will Saraki be among those to be wooed back to PDP, time will tell.