The leadership of the APC and the Federal Government have responded to the raging defection from their camp. In a statement signed by its Deputy National Publicity Secretary, Yekini Nabena, they have stated that the defection is of no effect to them.
The party advised Saraki, Ahmed, Tambuwal, Abdullahi and the others to maintain in their respective environments, the spirit and atmosphere of “freedom created by the APC, which enabled them to leave without let or hindrance.”
In another statement, the Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, said Saraki’s exit from the APC would have no impact on the party’s fortunes in the 2019 general elections.
He said “‘If Senate President Bukola Saraki were not a member of the APC, the party and the government could not have suffered more than they had already done, with regard to the delay in passing the budget, approving key appointments and so on.
“In other words, Saraki, has behaved all along like a member of the opposition, deliberately slowing down the progress of the APC-led Federal Government.
“If we didn’t gain by having our member as Senate President, we stand to lose nothing by losing him.
“‘It is therefore neither a surprise nor a blow that he has defected. Perhaps the only surprise is that when he eventually defected, it was a mere whimper.”