22 January 2013

Nigeria: Saraki - PDP Remains Strong

Ilorin — In spite of recent developments in the ruling Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), the party still remains strong and indomitable, former Governor of Kwara State, Dr. Bukola Saraki has said.

Speaking with newsmen in Ilorin, Saraki said the events of last week were being blown out of proportion, saying the various newspaper reports were not "factual."

He maintained that everything that happened in the party was a normal routine and indicative of the party's deference to due process, stressing the party remains as sturdy as ever to resist any opposition onslaught.

He said, "I don't think PDP is dis-integrating. The party is still as strong as it has been. I think most of the things we read in the paper are not factual. Some of the things you talk about; litigations here and there, that is of normal process.

"I think PDP is just showing that we follow due process. And I think in politics, you would see events and events are not a cause for you to conclude that PDP is disintegrating. We have not done election.

"The last election I think is Ondo state and we came a strong second. So, I don't think PDP is disintegrating".

On the 2013 budget, Saraki who is the former chairman of the Nigerian Governors' Forum said concerted efforts must be galvanised by the parliament and executive to ensure the full implementation of the budget.

The former governor similarly solicited support for Governor Abdulfatah Ahmed, saying, "I think Kwarans should continue to support the governor. The governor has shown his commitment to progress. PDP is doing well in the state, Governor Ahmed is doing well in the state and people of Kwara state are happy and they should continue to give their support to the governor".

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