BY BABA AHMED, LAFIA – President of the Senate, Dr. Bukola Saraki is believed to have initiated moves aimed at getting more governors out of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) with a view to cause more collateral damage to the party.
Saraki, who dumped the APC along with his close political ally and successor, Governor Ahmed AbdulFatah of Kwara State has promised to get more governors out of the APC particularly from the North-central geo=political zone.
The Senate President was quoted to have said that the APC has become too autocratic and refusing to abide with democratic ethos.
It was gathered that while defecting, Saraki vowed to ensure that governors of Benue, Nasarawa and Kwara leave the APC and join him in his new party.
Sources close to the Senate President confided on our correspondent that Saraki as a way of avoiding those tapping his telephone lines on his next political move, sent some emissaries to Governor Umaru Tanko Al-makura of Nasarawa State few minutes before he shoved the APC aside.
Unfortunately for him, by the time the delegation arrived the Maitama residence of the Nasarawa governor situated along Mississippi Street, Maitama, Al-makura was already in Kaduna to condole with General Aliyu Gusau (rtd), over the death of his wife.
Even though Al-makura was believed to be in Abuja for over three days before the exit of Saraki from the APC, it was not clear whether the two political leaders from the North Central had any prior discussions.
The alleged deft moves by Saraki to drag other Nasarawa stakeholders out of APC is believed to be a vendetta against Senator Abdullahi Adamu, who has been championing the removal of Saraki as Senate President.
Just last week, the supporters of the Deputy Governor of Nasarawa State, Mr. Silas Agara threatened to dump the APC if the party fails to give him the gubernatorial ticket for 2019 general elections.
Checks indicate that Saraki and Kwankwaso enjoy some measure of support in the Nasarawa State coupled with fact that some of Al-makura’s aides are in the pay role of Senator Rabiu Kwankwaso, who also dumped the APC along with some Senators last week.
Kwankwaso is also known to have paid the hospital bills of one of the Special Advisers of Al-Makura when he was admitted for heart related surgery in United Kingdom last year.
Already, most people are conscious of the fact that for some political expediency that saw Al-Makura winning as governor on the platform of the defunct Congress for Progressive Change (CPC) and later APC in 2015, Nasarawa is more of a Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) state with current two PDP senators, Philip Gyunka and Solomon Adokwe.
President Muhammadu Buhari lost the state in the 2015 general elections.
The campaign billboard of Tanimu Turaki of the PDP for President mounted in Mararaba area of Karu Local Government of Nasarawa speaks volume as there is no such billboard of President Buhari in the state which is making people in the state to draw conclusions that the 2015 scenario may likely repeat itself.