Bukola Saraki. Photo:Twitter/@BukolaSaraki

Senator Ali Ndume (APC-Borno South) has stated that the defection of Senate President Bukola Saraki and others from the APC to the PDP would not affect the re-election of President Muhammadu Buhari.

He, however, admitted that the party would feel the loss of the lawmakers that defected, noting that nobody is indispensable in any way.

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Ndume told Channels TV that, “When you lose even one person, especially a senator or the Senate President, you’re losing a key figure but that is not to say that anybody is indispensable in any way.

“So just because of the defection of certain individuals, which is not new in the political scene, you can’t write off or hang the future of anybody – not even the president but anybody – and I can say authoritatively without fear of controversy that the president, especially because of his integrity and the type of person he is, we need him more than he needs us.

“So, the political fortune of Mr President specifically cannot be questioned by the gale of defections.

“Yes, when you lose people, you’ll be concerned. At the time we left the PDP, five or six governors left with us and about 10 or 25 of us were senators then.

“At one time, Vice President Atiku left, so this is not a new thing and it’s not a real big deal, it’s not a real threat.

“You can’t say Saraki is not important but I’m saying that he cannot do irreparable damage to the APC or the chances of President Muhammadu Buhari.”