Saraki Can’t Take Our Crown To Another Family, He Must Resign As Senate President – Oshiomhole

The National Chairman of the ruling All Progressives Congress, Adams Oshiomhole has said that the Senate President Dr Bukola Saraki who defected to the opposition Peoples Democratic Party, PDP must return the ‘crown’ by resigning as the President of the Senate.

Oshiomhole disclosed this after a closed door meeting with President Muhammadu Buhari.  Some senators elected on the platform of the party led by the Senate Leader, Ahmed Lawan were also in attendance.

Oshiomhole told State House correspondents at the end of the meeting that the right thing for the President of the Senate, Bukola Saraki, is to vacate his seat, having left the party.

Oshiomhole said it was a matter of honour for Saraki to leave “the crown in the family it belongs to.”

Oshiomhole who earlier claimed he was not losing sleep over defection in the party, admitted that this are , ‘trying times’.

He said, “But whatever is the reason, we can defect from the party but we can’t defect from Nigeria. The only thing is that there are other consequential issues that every man or woman of honour who had taken such decisions would be expected to follow through.

“I mean you should not collect a crown that belongs to a family and wear it on behalf of the family if for your personal reasons which he has enumerated that he has gone to another family.

“It is just a matter of honour to leave the crown in the house that the crown belongs to.

“As it stands even now, the APC is still the largest party in the Senate. We have 53 senators, that is much more than what the PDP has, or APGA has.”

The former Edo State governor said nobody in the party would be surprised by the decisions of those who defected because the signs were clear before now.

He added, “Nobody in the APC will be surprised about the development. In fact, they have stayed a little bit longer than we thought. Last week, the Kwara State governor said he was leaving but he didn’t say when. So, we are not surprised at all. But these are what I might call temping moments because I had faced similar situations in my state, when people were leaving.

“But the beauty of democracy is that whether big or small, it is one man one vote on election day. There is no difference between a senator, a president, a journalist and any other person.

“In a sense, we have to accept that once a couple for one reason or the other find out that they are not compatible, the only honourable thing is to go.”