Gale of defection: Ex- PDP chair says Saraki ‘a cat with nine lives’
. Hails decampees , mocks APC
From Steve Oko, Umuahia
The immediate past Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party ( PDP) in Abia State, Senator Emma Nwaka, has hailed Senate President, Dr. Olusola Saraki, over his political temerity in outsmarting the plots of the Presidency to stop him and his Deputy, Ike Ekweremadu from presiding over the senate proceedings on Tuesday in its desperation to stop the defection of many senators from the ruling All Progressive Congress to APC.
Nwaka in a press statement entitled ” Political Tsunami in the Senate” described Saraki as a hero of Nigeria’s current democracy having survived many political landmines by cabals in his APC party.
He mocked the ruling APC for suddenly becoming a minority party at the senate, saying it is an indication of what will befall APC in 2019.
Nwaka said APC had smoked the goodwill that brought it on board in 2015 due to maladministration.
Below is a full text of the press statement:
“There is no better way to describe what happened today in the Senate than as a political tsunami, the type the world has never witnessed. I have no doubt that it will find a place in the Guinness Book of Records.
“Four the second time in four years, the opposition has worsted the ruling party in our presidential system of government. The first time was when PDP with Prince Uche Secondus as acting chairman helped to install the leadership of National Assembly against the wishes of APC, the ruling party. Today again in the run-up to the next general elections with Prince Uche Secondus this time as substantive chairman of PDP, the APC has been outwitted yet again. I commend him and his team for their political wizardry.
“As for Olusola Saraki, the Senate President, one can only describe him as the cat with nine lives. Bob Dylan, the inimitable American crooner, in one of his evergreen songs asked ” how many roads must a man walk down before they call him a man” and he went on to say ” that the answer is blowing in the wind”. For us, the answer is not blowing in the wind, Senator Saraki is a man.
“We must insist that the Buhari government must learn to respect the sanctity of separation of powers. Their first assault was on the judiciary. But for the steadfastness of our federal legislators , the National Assembly would have come under their jackboot. What happened today in the NASS should serve as an object lesson the government that the people of Nigeria through their representative have decided that they want democracy and no other form of government . President Buhari should stop using security agencies paid with tax payers money to harass the duly elected representatives of the people.”