Former Senate president, Bukola Saraki, has revealed that top All Progressive Congress (APC) members, including governors, will defect to the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) ahead of the 2023 general elections.
Speaking in an interview on Tuesday, Saraki reminisced on how political actors defected from one party to another in 2015, noting that the same will repeat itself in 2023.
“On the question that if I decide to run and don’t get the ticket, would I defect? I think that is not really fair. In 2015, I ran for the presidency and didn’t get it, but I offered myself to be the DG of Atiku, and I worked hard,” Saraki said on Arise TV’s The Morning Show.
“I’m a team player; personal ambition is not what the issue is today; what is important is to get this country right. I have my children and grandchildren, and we must leave a better country with jobs for our talented youths. The fact that I said some people would defect does not mean I would defect.
“We have the potential to turn the country around and that is why I believe with the right leadership, things can change in the country. I often say that no one can give whatever he does not have. In 2023, we have to get it right and to do that, we need the right kind of leadership.”
The former Senate president also disclosed that a former state governor who is currently a member of the ruling APC will defect to the PDP later this week.
He, however, declined to reveal the identity of the said political hot-shot.
“There were certain governors that we already know that they will leave. And we were not surprised that they defected to the APC. Since then, we have had some bigwigs that joined us. Also this week, there is a former governor that is going to join our party, PDP.
“Aside from that, we know that some of the leaders in the ruling party will not defect early, rather they will do it late. And you saw that during the 2015 election. So, keep watching, And Nigerians will not be surprised when they begin to see some defections from the ruling party to the PDP.”