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    Where does Saraki's loyalty lie: APC or PDP?

    Where does Saraki's loyalty lie : APC or PDP; 

    Loyalty is a key ingredient in power. It is easy to remain loyal as long as there is absence of friction and clash of interests.

    However, situations can arise and circumstances can develop that might lead to the testing of one’s loyalty at any point in time.

    When such occasion arises, the position one takes goes a long way in determining whether the person being tested is loyal or not.

    So, in the test of loyalty, one is usually torn between two extremely burdensome decisions: to remain true to one’s principles and beliefs which would eventually advance the cause of the whole, or to blindly follow the whole even when one knows that the road being followed could eventually plunge the whole group into perdition.

    One man whose loyalty has been questioned is Senate president Bukola Saraki.

    The social media was on Wednesday, July 20, awash with speculation that embattled Saraki had renewed his union with the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), a party he left less than three years ago.

    Efforts by Saraki, to convince his social media fans on Thursday, July 21, that he remained loyal to the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) caused a stir social media.

    His position, which he made known through his Facebook page generated a lot of heated controversy.

    Read the message below:

    “The attention of the Senate President’s Media Team has been drawn to a false publication that is making the rounds on social media that Senator Abubakar Bukola Saraki has defected from the ruling All Progressive Congress (APC). This fabrication is entirely untrue as the Senate President stands committed to the APC; a party that he helped midwife and worked for its victory in the 2015 elections.

    In his official capacity as Senate President and chairman, National Assembly, he attended the end of session event of the PDP caucus yesterday evening and spent only 30 minutes before leaving the members to continue with the event.

    The Senate President would like to assure every Nigerian that he is committed to the APC-led government and appreciates the confidence reposed in him and the APC during the 2015 General Elections.”

    Since the emergence of Saraki as the Senate president and Senator Ike Ekweremadu as his deputy a year ago there has been no love lost between the presidency and the Senate.

    Having emerged Senate president despite opposition from some leaders of his ruling party, and enjoying the overwhelming support of the opposition PDP senators, Saraki has since been and remained in the eye of the storm.

    To punish him for his “sin,” he was immediately dragged before the Code of Conduct Tribunal for various offences.

    Saraki alongside his deputy are facing charges for the alleged forgery of the Senate rules, which both men have maintained were politically motivated by President Buhari and his administration to force a leadership change in the Senate.

    Also, while the Senate deems the forgery charges as undue interference in the affairs of the legislature, the executive has maintained that they were filed in the interest of justice and that of the public.

    One of the arguments against him was that he was not going to be loyal and that having emerged president of the Senate with the full support of opposition PDP senators; he would work to frustrate the government of president Buhari and be an impediment to the implementation of the party’s manifesto. But with events of recent days, it is obvious that Saraki would not jettison the programme or manifesto of the party on whose platform he rose to the height he occupies today.

    Wife of the Senate president, Mrs Toyin Saraki, was also invited for questioning for alleged money laundering by the Economic Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC).

    Mrs Saraki was invited for questioning over alleged shady contracts during her husband’s tenure as governor of Kwara state between 2003 and 2011.

    She then surrendered herself to the EFCC in line with her belief in transparency and accountability.

    Will all these do you think Bukola Sarak’has had enough trials to prove his loyalty to Nigerians and his party?

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