There was a mild drama in the Senate on Monday during the continuation of ministerial screening of the 43 nominees submitted before the Upper Legislative Chamber when a two-term Kwara Central Senator, Gbemisola Ruqayyah Saraki, appeared before her former colleagues.
During her screening, some members of the main opposition Peoples’ Democratic Party shouted (PDP), possibly to jokingly taunt her.
The Kwara nominee understood the seeming joke as she responded the shouting-PDP lawmakers saying, “You abandoned me.”
She was a former member of the PDP before she defected to the ruling All Progressive Congress (APC) on April 7, 2015.
Gbemi, as she is fondly called, didn’t need an introduction, as she had served as a Senator as well, but Senate President Ahmed Lawan who would not skip his official duty introduced her to the house. And she was asked to make a few remarks to defend her nominations.
She made a few comments and told the Senate that “I don’t think there is anything else I need to add, except there is something else you want to know.” She was asked to take a bow and leave amid several jokes among her former colleagues.
She was a member of the National Assembly between 1999 to 2011. First, as a member of the House of Representatives between 1999 to 2003 under the defunct All Peoples’ Party (APP), a party co-founded by her later father Senator Olusola Saraki.
She defected before the 2003 general elections to the former ruling PDP and got the nod of the party to contest for Kwara Central Senatorial District election which she won. She repeated the same feat in the 2007 elections.
Some political observers described her defection as political power tussle between her and the former Senate President Bukola Saraki, her brother.
Since her defection to the ruling APC, she has been on President Buhari’s good books. In February 2016, she was appointed as the Pro-Chancellor and Chairperson of the Federal University Otuoke, Bayelsa State.