The leader of the defunct new PDP , Alhaji Kawu Baraje , said there was no offer from President Muhammadu Buhari to Saraki that could atone for what he called the embarrassment Saraki allegedly suffered in the last three years.
In an interview with one of our correspondents in Ilorin, the Kwara State capital, on Saturday , Baraje stated that though Saraki was an experienced politician, his loyalists and supporters in Kwara State had taken a decision that with or without Saraki , they no longer wanted to continue being members of the APC .
Baraje said, “I am not concerned with the offer reportedly made by the Presidency to the Senate President . I do not see how that concerns me. As far as I am concerned and as far as our supporters and followers are concerned, they have taken a decision .
“If the Senate President is going to waiver, all well and good . The followers have indicated that with or without him , they are going out of APC . So , it is left for him to take a decision .
“As far as I know , there is no recent decision that can replace the kind of embarrassment, debasement and horrifying experiences that the Senate President has gone through in the past . It is unfortunate .”
Also , the R – APC expressed confidence that attempts by the Buhari – led administration to use the “carrot and stick” approach to break its ranks would fail.
The National Publicity Secretary of the R -APC , Kassim Afegbua , in a telephone interview with SUNDAY PUNCH , in Abuja, on Saturday , said the R – APC was committed to the Memorandum of Understanding it signed with other opposition parties .
He added that “no amount of carrots ” dangled by the Buhari – led administration would derail the process .
Speaking about offers allegedly made by the President to Saraki , Afegbua urged the Senate President not to fall for what he described as a booby trap.
Afegbua said, “Why does the President now feel it is important to play politics ? Since when did he begin to consider Saraki as important ? Where was he when Saraki was being humiliated?
“Does he now think that by taking such a man into the inner sanctuary of Aso Rock, he has done a great thing ?
“There is no sincerity of purpose ; he is just running around because he is desperate to return to power so that when he wins the election , he will now come out in full force to deal with his perceived enemies. Such a man cannot be trusted. ”
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