- Over 2,000 PDP members decamped to APC
- Supporter of Bukola Saraki leads defections
- Kwara ANRP governorship candidate vows to work for APC candidate
Members of the Peoples’ Democratic Party (PDP) in Kwara State are adding more salts to the political wounds of incumbent Senate President Bukola Saraki as over 2, 000 of them on Sunday, March 3, 2019 defected to All Progressives Congress (APC).
InfomediaNG learnt that the Sunday defection is the second of such major exodus from the party in one week after the humiliating defeat if Bukola Saraki in the just concluded Presidential and National Assembly elections.
Daily Trust report that the mass defections took place in Taiwo area of Ilorin, led by Hon. Bamidele Aluko, a former House of Assembly member who was one of the powerful supporters of Senator Bukola Saraki.
Kwara ANRP governorship candidate vows to work for APC candidate
In a related development, Dr Abdulmumeen Yinka Ajia, the governorship candidate of the ANRP in Kwara state, has declared his support for AbdulRahman AbdulRazaq APC candidate.
Ajia said he’s supporting the APC candidate because he believes that APC will deliver the state.
Ajia also announced his immediate resignation from the ANRP and movement to the APC “because the situation in Kwara is really not about party but our struggle against retrogressive leadership as a people.”
He called on his supporters to deliver their bloc votes for the APC candidate.
“I have also gone through his manifesto and I am assured that the progressive, people-centred Kwara that I envisioned can be kick-started under his leadership,” Ajia added.
Aluko, leader of the decampees, was chairman of the Kwara United Football Club and the PDP leader in Badari Ward of Ilorin West, the most populated local government area of Kwara State.
Other top defectors included Alhaji Alao Abdulyekeen, another PDP top gun from Baboko area of Ilorin, and Akeem Dare, a youth leader from Balogun Fulani ward 1.
Also on Sunday in Ilorin, over 500 PDP members from Asa local government area joined the APC.
Leaders of the defectors said the outcome of the National Assembly elections was the clearest manifestation “that Kwarans have decided to reject and retire Senator Bukola Saraki for reasons of bad governance, oppression and non-inclusive leadership.”
“Our people are tired. Salaries don’t get paid in the true sense of the word and the infrastructure on the ground is not commensurate with the resources the state has received over the years. Worst still, people are tired of leaders who see everything from their own comfort zone,” Aluko said at a reception held for them by the APC represented by Barrister Kunle Suleiman and Hon. Olawoyin Magaji.
“People are tired of the status quo. People are angry and fed up with dictatorial leadership and the result is what you just said.”
The mass defection came a few days after over 500 PDP members from Osin Wara Osin Egbejila ward and others declared allegiance for the APC in Surulere area of the state capital, describing the party’s governorship candidate AbdulRahman AbdulRazaq as the “Moses of our time who is changing the political history of the state.”
Recalled that Senator Bukola Saraki was the first biggest casualties of the National Aseembly held on February 23.
This new development may mark the end of Saraki’s political dynasty in the state. It all began as a campaign tagged “O to ge” Enough is enough. It has manifested into political victory of opposition party in the state.
Governorship election and state houses of Assembly election holds on March 3, 2019