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Defection: Saraki has stepped on banana peel, should be ready for consequences, warns Adamu

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Abdullahi Adamu

The senator representing Nasarawa West in the National Assembly on the platform of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Abdullahi Adamu, who has continued to fault the defection of the President of the Senate, Dr. Bukola Saraki, from the APC to the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), said “Saraki had stepped on banana peel and should be prepared to bear the consequences of his action.”

According to the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN), Adamu, in an interview with newsmen in Abuja, yesterday, added: “If Saraki knows political intricacies and the political terrain or the path where the banana peel in political landscape is, he will be more cautious.

“The way he is going now, he has obviously stepped on banana peel and only God knows how far he will slip.

“I will not pretend, I think he made a mistake and he took a wrong decision. He will have stories to tell along the line.

“It is not the best he could have done. He had a duty to his father to keep the flag of the family flying, but the way he is going, I do not think he is doing that.”

He urged Saraki to step down to avert consequences, adding: “He should honourably return the crown or be ready to bear the consequences.”

Adamu, who is the head of pro-Buhari support group in the senate, vowed that with the defection, it would not be business as usual, noting: “The
defection of Saraki and the other lawmakers is a game changer. We expect them to do it amicably and peacefully. They should make sure they do not run away with our crown.

“If they think they will go and nothing will happen and that it will be business as usual, then they need to think again.

“I will not say whether we will take steps or not take steps. We hope that between now and resumption of Senate plenary, more events will unfold. We do not want to be in a hurry to speculate.”

The lawmaker, however, said if Saraki insists on leading a senate with majority of lawmakers from the APC, there would be repercussions.

On the belief that Saraki did not do anything constitutionally wrong by defecting and that there was a precedence, where former Speaker of House of Representatives, now Sokoto Sate Governor, Aminu Tambuwal, defected to APC in 2015, but remained the Speaker, Adamu said: “It will not happen this time. We are more educated on the rules now.”

On the gale of defections from the ruling party, he said he would not want any member to leave the party again, noting, however, that it was a free world and everyone was at liberty to join the party of his or her choice.


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