The President of the Senate, Dr Bukola Saraki, has once again affirmed his commitment to the All Progressives Congress (APC). The Senate President made this affirmation at a forum organised in Abuja by the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN).
According to him, he remains a full member of the APC in “body and spirit”. He said the speculations about his commitment were as a result of the activities of mischief makers and urged the public to disregard such, as it was mere propaganda some were doing for PDP.
The Senate President however remarked that the APC needs to improve and re-focus properly. According to him, if the party had organised regular NEC meetings and other caucus meetings, there would have been enough activities to determine who the true members are.
“I think there is no APC member that will tell you he is happy with the state of affairs of the party; there is a lot of work that we need to do.
“The party that hasn’t met for a long time, it’s beyond comprehension and I think that we should all quickly put that in order and start to get NEC, caucus and others going.
“We need to start early to get the drive in the party back.
“Luckily, in spite of the lack of meetings here and there, if you go round the 36 states, it is in just few states, not many states, where you may see internal crisis.
“It’s not that the party, at the grassroots level, had a lot of crisis here and there; it’s just for the administrative aspect and the national executive to provide leadership.’’
Saraki also said that if there had been meetings of the party, his detractors would have seen how actively involved he was in the party “and will not have any room to spread such lies’’.
“They are just using that to do a propaganda for PDP. Where are they seeing that I am not in the party in spirit? Where is the spirit they are judging from, where are they seeing the spirit?
“That is why I am saying that the reason for all that speculation is because the party is docile, because the party is dormant.
“If the party goes back to what we all know that every month, we hold NEC meeting, you have caucus, they will stop all these `spirit’ and no `spirit’ thing.
“It is not that they have had a meeting and you didn’t see me, and then, you can say that yes, my spirit is not there.
“I can’t call a meeting of the party. I have expressed my view and the responsibility of calling a party for a meeting is that of those who we elected as party officials.
Saraki expressed hope that the party would hold its mini-convention as scheduled as delegates had been elected on Saturday.
“You will see that after the mini-convention, all that speculation of body here, spirit there, would go away,” he said.