FOLLOWING speculations
that Senate President, Dr.
Bukola Saraki may return to
the Peoples Democratic Party,
PDP, members of the party
in Kwara state have pleaded
with the national leadership of
the party not to handover the
party structures to him.
In a chat with journalists
in Abuja after a closed door
meeting with the PDP national
chairman, Prince Uche
Secondus and members of the
National Working Committee the Kwara PDP chairman,
Akogun Iyiola Oyedepo, said
they will make concessions to
Saraki but would not want its
present leadership structure
dissolved.
Akogun Oyedepo, who led
the Kwara delegation declared
that the concession they will
make to Saraki will be only on
“matters that had not been” like
the candidates of the party for
various offices to be contested
during 2019 general election.
He said they took the matter
up with the NWC because
members of Kwara state chapter
of PDP are apprehensive that the
national leadership of the party
may throw the structure open for
Saraki to take over but had now
been reassured by Secondus.
He said: “Our party is not
all that apprehensive. We are
apprehensive of what the
national leadership can do to
welcome somebody who had
gone away from the party and
later given a royal welcome.
“It is not Sarak’s coming
that creates any fear. It is what
the national executive can do
to encourage him to seize the
party structure from established
people in Kwara state.
“But we have been assured
that the era of impunity is gone.
That’s the much our national
chairman told us.
“So, we are so glad that
even if anybody comes into
our party, we are really not
against anybody coming into
our party, but whoever comes,
must respect the structure in the ground and cooperate with us
appropriately.”
The party chairman affirmed
that Saraki would be welcome in
the PDP as long as he does not
tamper with the party structure,
saying: “We will welcome Saraki
with open hands if he comes to
be part of the party and we don’t
have any issue on the executive.
We can’t say somebody should
not join our party.
“In plain language, the
executive that is on ground
constitutionally, was elected
for four years and parties are
always in anticipation for new
people to join the party.
“You cannot because some
people have joined, you should
now dismantle the structure of
the party.
“So, if they come and want to
be part of the process, they are
welcome, and the only people
that can open the gate for them
sometimes illegally, might be
people that are high up.
“But we have been assured by
those people that there will be
nothing like that. So, anybody
that will add value to our party
is welcome.”
On whether the state
leadership would be prepared
to make some concessions
should Saraki rejoin the PDP
with his people, the party boss
stated: “We are ready to make
concession on what we have not decided on.
“What they meet, now they
met the executive on ground,
and we cannot remove the
chairman for them or the
treasurer.
“If we have not done the
primary for governorship,
house of assembly, Senator,
presidential, for example, if
Saraki says he wants to contest
for the president, we cannot
deny him (nomination) form.
“And if he wants to return
back to the Senate, we will give
him form and other people too.
“So, we are ready to allow
them on issues that have not
been settled. But issues that
are settled are for four years.”

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