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Saraki captures Kwara APC, leads Speaker, Assembly members to PDP

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Saraki captures Kwara APC, leads Speaker, Assembly members to PDP

Seems the Senate President Bukola Saraki has effectively taken control of the political structure of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) in Kwara State.

Twenty-four hours after Saraki decamped, and announced his movement to the opposition People’s Democratic Party (PDP) the APC structure in that state seemed to have come crumbling down.

The governor, Abdulfatah Ahmed, and the party’s national publicity secretary, Bolaji Abdullahi have joined him in leaving the APC.

Today (Wednesday) Speaker of the State House of Assembly, Dr. Ali Ahmad led 23 members of the Kwara State House of Assembly out of 24 to the PDP.

Dr. Ahmad expressed regrets for joining the APC in 2014.

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Ahmad, a former member of the House of Representatives, defected to APC in 2014 alongside 36 other members of the lower chamber of the National Assembly.

The member representing Ojomu/Balogun Constituency of Offa Local Government Area, Mr. Saheed Popoola, chose to stay back in APC.

The Speaker said: “All the honorable members — except one — have finally changed party to the PDP.

“This is permitted by the proviso to Section 109 (1) (g) of the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.

“Today, as I and other members of the Kwara State Assembly dump the APC for good, I heaved a sigh of relief.

“In 2014, I was terribly sad leaving PDP reluctantly with 36 other members of the House of Representatives.

“Today, I am the happiest leaving the APC for good. I wish I was never a member of the party.”

There are also strong indications that local government chairmen and Councilors in the state may soon follow suit in decamping to the PDP.

 

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