IN SHORT: Defections are common in Nigerian politics. But a minister from the ruling party that won the presidential election did not join the opposition.
In Nigeria, it is common for politicians to defect to other parties before and after elections. Their reasons for doing so include unfair treatment and harassment.
But has Saraki gone back to the PDP?
‘I remain committed to the APC’ says Saraki
On 7 March Saraki denied claims that she had joined the PDP, in a statement signed by her media consultant Moses Bello.
In reaction to the story, Saraki said she worked hard to ensure that Nigeria's president-elect, Bola Tinubu, won the presidential election in Kwara state, where she started her political career. If she had defected to the PDP, this would have been a wasted effort, Saraki said.
Saraki said she had no intention of leaving the APC.
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