Saraki emerges PDP national leader, ‘offers’ self in defence of democracy


Recently-defected Senate President, Dr. Bukola Saraki, says he is offering himself in defence of Nigeria, even as he enjoined all members of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, to work together in defence of democracy and with the aim of providing good governance to Nigerians.

Speaking on Thursday at the 81st National Executive Council, NEC, meeting of the party, harped the need for inclusiveness, justice, equity and sacrifices in order to ensure that Nigerians feel the impact of the party in preparations for the 2019 general elections.

Meanwhile, Saraki emerged as the national leader of the PDP as he officially by his defection became the member of the party occupying the highest office in the country among his peer – the number-three office in the land. His deputy used to occupy the spot until Saraki decamped to the PDP.

Speaking at the PDP NEC meeting, Saraki said, “For me, I am happy that I am back to the political party where I started. I am happy to see many of my colleagues here. Men and women, who have given me faith. Men and women, who make me to believe that there are still people of character.

“Many of you have made and are always ready to make sacrifices for this great party and for this nation, because you all want a better tomorrow. Now that this day has come, we have been brought together in unity, and we will forge ahead as one.”

He further enjoined members of the PDP NEC to endeavour to acknowledge the contributions of every member of the party, regardless of who they are or where they stand.

“What we have learnt from history, and what we have continued to see, is that everyone is important on this journey that we are embarking, and no sacrifice is too much for us to make to reach that promised land. However, we will only reach that promised land when we see a greater tomorrow for our people, and for all Nigerians.

“Therefore, I want to make an appeal on behalf of all of us — when we get back to our constituencies, please, let us continue to open our arms and receive the people who have the numbers that will give us victory come February 2019. This is because, we are all here to work towards a better and greater tomorrow on behalf of all Nigerians,” Saraki said.

The Senate President thanked the party under the leadership of Prince Uche Secondus, National Chairman of the PDP, and Senator Walid Jubrin, the Chairman of the PDP Board of Trustees, for welcoming back himself, his state Governor, Abdulfatah Ahmed; Governor Samuel Ortom of Benue State; and Governor Aminu Tambuwal of Sokoto State, to the party.

“On behalf of all of us, those who have left, and are now happy to be back here, I want to assure you that we will work tirelessly to do what is right and put this country in the right situation,” he said.

Saraki also pledged to join others under the umbrella of the PDP towards making the nation’s democracy stronger, providing security, stronger economy and quality service delivery for the benefit of the people.

“The message that I would like to leave you all with, is: ‘Let us all work together, so that this time, our sacrifice can truly be worth it for all our people. I thank you for how the warm reception you have given to us. We are grateful that you have received us into where we truly belong.”

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