Some members of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Kwara State, led by the state chairman, Iyiola Oyedepo, on Wednesday announced their defection to the All Progressives Congress (APC).
This was as Kwara residents including some PDP members embarked on a street protest against Senate President Bukola Saraki and Kwara State Governor, Abdulfatah Ahmed.
They brandished placards with different inscriptions condemning what they referred to as “bad governance,” “political hegemony” and “under-development” under Saraki’s political leadership.
The defecting Kwara PDP members also described Saraki as an “anathema.’’
Chief Rex Olawoye, the former Publicity Secretary of the party, said “I hereby officially announce the exit of our members from PDP to APC”.
Olawoye, who described Saraki as an “anathema,” said PDP members in the state could not work with him.
Olawoye said with the defection, all political structures of the PDP at the ward, local government and state levels had moved to the APC.
The spokesman appealed to all party members to maintain peace and orderliness in their conduct and behaviour.
“Unity is the primary ingredient that can make those of us coming from the PDP and leftover of APC members to live in harmony,” he added.
Olawoye said Oyedepo had met with the leadership of the PDP in Abuja and explained the resolve of party members not to work with Saraki.
Olawoye also said the chairman met with the national leadership of APC, including the National Chairman, Adams Oshiomole, Minister of Information and Culture, Lai Mohammed, as well as other chieftains of the APC.
He added that the defecting PDP members were warmly welcomed into the APC by the party’s leadership.
“Saraki and his cronies have been in the saddle of leadership of the state in the past 15 years, with nothing to show for it,’’ Olawoye said.
He called on all registered political parties in the state to team up with the APC to ensure the total liberation of the state.
The Punch reported details from which this story was culled.
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