RENO Omokri, former presidential aide of ex-president Goodluck Jonathan, has told President Muhammadu Buhari that some of the Senators of the All Progressive Congress (APC), he met yesterday pledging loyalty were out to fool him.
President Buhari had met with the Senate Caucus of the APC at the presidential villa on Wednesday.
The Caucus said they came to pledge their loyal to the president and also informed him of what transpired at the National Assembly on Tuesday.
Lawmakers numbering 14 of them left the APC in a mass defection on Tuesday at the Senate. Their counterparts at the House of Representatives numbering about 36 of them followed suit. Most of them pitch tent with the Peoples Democratic Party, (PDP).
They also assured the president that the members of the National Assembly who defected from the APC to other opposition parties are willing to return to the ruling party.
“Less than 24 hours into the defection, we had some discussions with some of our colleagues who defected and they have shown their willingness and interest and readiness to retrace their steps,” Mr Ahmed Lawan who led the delegation said.
The meeting between the president and the Legislators had in attendance 39 senators, the national chairman of the party, Adams Oshiomhole, and top government officials.
But reacting, the former presidential aide told the president not to be fooled by the loyalty and false hope the lawmakers gave him.
“Let me assure President @MBuhari that many of the Senators that met with him yesterday and pledged loyalty to him are only fooling him,” Mr Omokri said in a tweet on Thursday.
He said they at the opposition party were skilled individuals and not fools boasting that they will allow their remaining foot soldiers in the ruling party to destroy it within.
“We are strategists in the @OfficialPDPNig, not fools. Some of our loyalists will remain behind to destroy that useless contraption from within!” he added.
Mr Omokri ‘s claim seems to tally with those of the National Chairman of APC, Adams Oshiomhole, who described aggrieved members of the party as “mercenaries.”