Friday, 28 March 2014
Gbemi Saraki Tears Kwara PDP Apart
What both the President, Dr. Goodluck Ebele Jonathan and the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, thought they have gained by removing Bolaji Abdulahi, the immediate past Minister of Sport is now tearing PDP in Kwara State apart. The new ruling party in the Harmony state, All Progressive Congress, (APC), is now enjoying a temporary relief just as the replacement for Abdulahi in the federal cabinet has removed the fragile peace recorded in PDP in the state. The oneness displaced some weeks ago when the President visited Kwara State was certainly a ruse as; leadership of the party has broken into factions a situation that is making it difficult for Aso Rock to find a replacement for the former minister in the state. According to information gathered by News of The People, many of the elders and leaders in PDP do not want Senator Gbemi Saraki to be appointed as minister, but she has the support of the National leadership of the party and that of the Presidency.
It was alleged that some angry members threatened that they will decamp to APC if Senator Gbemi Saraki is approved as a minister from Kwara. One of the loyalists of other contenders who craved anonymity said, “if Gbemi emerges as a minister, she will automatically assume the leadership position of PDP against the interest of my political leader. Her appointment would amount to a perpetuation of Saraki dynasty which we in the PDP are believed to be waging war against”.
Other top PDP contenders for the plum job are Muinat Shagaya, Yinka Aluko, Sulyman Ajadi, Prof. Shuaib Abduraheem, Chairman of the Federal Character Commission, Bio Ibrahim, Yinka Alabi, John Dara, Lola Ashiru etc. If the rumour going around is anything to go by, is only a matter of days before Gbemi’s name will be sent to the Senate for confirmation, it will then mean that the structures of APC and that of PDP will effectively be under the control of the Sarakis.