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Monday, 12 February 2018

Youths reject Saraki’s rumoured plan to return to PDP

The rumoured plan by the Senate president, Bukola Saraki, and some of his associates to defect from the All Progressives Congress (APC) to the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has been rejected by some youths in Kwara state.

The youths who are members of the Kwara state chapter of the PDP on Monday, February 12, protested against the Senate president rejoining the party. The protesters made their opposition known at the sidelines of a media briefing by a PDP group, Face of Change.

The protesting group urged the party not to allow Saraki and his associates join its fold, the Punch reports.

'No to Bukola Saraki and cronies in the PDP", 'MM defection is a liability,' 'PDP exco, shine your eyes,' and 'PDP gov ticket is not for sale,' some of the placard carried by the group stated.

However, the state coordinator, Face of Change, Kubrat Abdullateef, told journalist that the protesters were only expressing their personal views and were not part of the conference.

She said: "What we are trying to do is that we do not want a repeat of what had happened in the past when Bukola Saraki planted his cronies in our party and we had a very rancorous primary. We are guarding against that and we do not want a repeat of that. Those who are carrying placards, that is their personal opinion."

Reacting to the protests, the state secretary of the PDP, Gidado Alakawa, said the party was not against the entry of new members or the return of former members, he however, noted that new members and returnees must abide by the constitution, process and procedures of the party.

Meanwhile, a faction of APC members in Oyo state have protested against alleged imposition of candidates by Governor Abiola Ajimobi and his loyalist.

Premium Times reports that the protest which took place at the state secretariat of the party in Ibadan was organised by a faction of the party loyal to a former governor of the state, Lam Adesina.

The aggrieved members were said to be opposed to a reported plan by the Oyo state governor to impose party candidates in the coming council polls
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