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A number of high ranking members of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Kwara State are actually re-viewing their relationship with the party in protest towards alleged mouth-watering concessions to Senate President Bukola Saraki and other members of the Reformed-All Progressives Congress(R-APC) by the PDP.

Such PDP stalwarts may defect to All Progressives Congress (APC).

Amongst them are two ex-Ministers, ex-commissioners, and a former Presidential Particular Adviser on National Assembly Issues.

Some of the affected leaders are already in talks with the APC with a view to switching camps if the PDP structure in Kwara State is handed over to Saraki.

A stakeholders’ forum to dwell on the development may come up at the moment in Ilorin.

Concessions by the PDP to Saraki,Governor Abdulfatah Ahmed and other defecting R-APC members include the party structure in Kwara State, the governorship ticket, two Senatorial seats and House of Representatives slots.

The concessions had been recommended by the Liyel Imoke Contact and Mobilization Committee, investigation by The Naijtimes confirmed.

The concessions are stated to have angered the PDP leadership who sought an audience with the National Secretary of the party, Umar Ibrahim Tsauri.

A high PDP chief in Kwara State stated: “A few of our leaders are already in speaking terms with APC as a part of Plan B if the PDP leadership has made up its thoughts in handing over to Saraki.

“A foyer group constituted by a frontline APC chief is speaking to the aggrieved PDP leaders.

“Amongst these being counted are ex-Ministers, ex-commissioners, a former Particular Adviser on National Assembly Issues to the President and others.

“The event is because of the insistence of the PDP NWC handy over the party structure of the celebration to the brand new entrants and the sharing of place that provides two Senate seats and governorship slot to Saraki’s camp and R-APC.

“We tried our greatest to get a fair therapy from the PDP. Two meetings have been held thus far on the defection of Saraki and others to PDP.

“The primary was on Monday on the residence of one of many former ministers and one other on Tuesday in Apo legislative quarters to debate attainable option left for PDP members.

“We additionally had viewers with the Nationwide Secretary of PDP who was non-committal on how the celebration will handle the Saraki subject.

“On the finish of the day, the PDP leaders arrange two committees. One will open talks with APC and the opposite is to liaise with PDP management on the prospects of authentic members of the celebration.

“There’s a stakeholders assembly arising on Saturday the place we’ll have a look at the reviews of the 2 committees.”

Responding to a query, the supply added: “Our leaders are unhappy because up till now Saraki has not deemed it fit to talk with anybody in the PDP in Kwara State believing that he has the national leadership of the party on his side.”

When contacted, a former Minister of National Planning Prof. Abubakar Suleiman, who’s a frontline gubernatorial aspirant in PDP confirmed that negotiation is ongoing with the management of his party.

He stated: “We’re nonetheless speaking to our leaders. Until we exhaust that, I received’t have the ability to inform you what our subsequent line of motion is. We will be speaking. One factor that’s non-negotiable is the celebration construction and the gubernatorial slot.

“Barring any final minute adjustments, the tendency for mass exodus from the celebration may be very excessive.”

Talking with our correspondent, a former Particular Adviser on National Assembly Matters to the President, Chief Makanjuola Ajadi, stated: “Positively, some PDP leaders could defect to APC in Kwara State if the National Chairman of our party, Prince Uche Secondus and his staff don’t handle our observations.

A PDP chief within the state, Mr. Yinka Aluko stated: “I’m very a lot conscious that a lot of our leaders and members are aggrieved as a result of the PDP management had consultations with Saraki and R-APC with out involving the native stage. They’ve forgotten that politics is native too.

“As to whether a few of our leaders will leave PDP for APC, the main points of the MOU with Saraki and R-APC will decide their subsequent step.”

 

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