Kwara PDP primary: Saraki did not betray me – Bolaji Abdullahi

Bolaji Abdullahi

Former spokesman of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Bolaji Abdullahi, has said Senate President Bukola Saraki did not betray him following his failure to win the Kwara State Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) governorship primary.

Abdullahi dumped APC for PDP in August, following in the footsteps of his principal, Saraki.

He later emerged a governorship candidate but withdrew from the race on Monday.

A member of the House of Representatives, Razak Atunwa, has been declared Kwara PDP candidate for the 2019 governorship election.

In a statement on Wednesday, Abdullahi said though the outcome of the primaries may have been disappointing, he has “accepted it as the will of Allah”.

He said the sacrifices he made for the party were not dependent on expectations of a reward but were done out of personal principles.

“Following the reactions that have trailed the Governorship Primaries of our party, the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) in Kwara state, it has become imperative for me to make the following clarifications,” the statement reads.

“While the outcome of the primaries may have been disappointing, I have accepted it as the will of Almighty Allah, who alone gives power. I want to thank all those who have expressed concerns for me. I am humbled and flattered by your support.

“However, I will like to note that there are many factors at play in politics. Therefore, interpreting what happened as betrayal is not correct. My leader, Dr. Bukola Saraki, did not betray me.

“Whatever sacrifices I have made in the past were based on my personal principles, and were not contingent on expectations of any reward. I remain a loyal member of the Saraki political family under the leadership of Dr. Bukola Saraki.”