Nigeria’s Senate President and a key member of the ruling party, All Progressives Congress (APC), Dr Bukola Saraki has left for the main opposition party.

Saraki announced his defection to the Peoples’ Democratic Party (PDP), on Tuesday, July 31, 2018, in a daring statement made available on his official Facebook account.

The National Assembly leader said the decision was necessary “because of some certain elements and forces within the APC who have ensured that the minimum conditions for peace, cooperation, inclusion and a general sense of belonging did not exist.”

He said, “This is not a decision that I have made lightly. If anything at all, I have tarried for so long and did all that was humanly possible, even in the face of great provocation, ridicule and flagrant persecution, to give an opportunity for peace, reconciliation and harmonious existence.

“The populist notion of anti-corruption became a ready weapon for silencing any form of dissent and for framing even principled objection as corruption fighting back.”

“Persistent onslaught against the legislature and open incitement of the people against their own representatives became a default argument in defense of any short-coming of the government in a manner that betrays all too easily, a certain contempt for the Constitution itself or even the democracy that it is meant to serve.”

Dr Saraki blamed his defection on some key members within the ruling who played against the basic rules of party administration.