All 16 Kwara local government chairmen, deputies, others dump PDP for APC

Senator Bukola Saraki

They accused the PDP of refusing to address the observations and complaints of its founding members.

The chairmen of all the 16 local government areas of Kwara State, and their deputies, on Friday formally decamped from the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, to the All Progressives Congress, APC.

Also, 193 elected councilors and 80 supervisory councilors defected to the APC.

The chairman of the Association of Local Governments of Nigeria, ALGON, in the state, Abdulateef Okandeji, announced the defection of the council chairmen and councilors at a news conference in Ilorin, the state capital.

The state governor, Abdulfatah Ahmed, had alongside four other PDP governors defected to the APC last November. The other governors are Chibuike Amaechi (Rivers), Aliyu Wamakko (Sokoto), Murtala Nyako (Adamawa) and Rabi’u Kwankwaso (Kano).

Twenty members of the Kwara State House of Assembly followed suit on January 22.

Two former governors of the state, Bukola Saraki and Shaba Lafiagi, both of who are senators, were among the 11 senators that served the upper house notice of their intention to move from the PDP to the APC on Wednesday.

Mr. Okandeji who is also the chairman of Ilorin East Local Government Area explained that the chairmen, deputy chairmen and supervisors decided to leave the PDP because of the party’s refusal to address the observations and complaints of its founding members.

“I recall that following the refusal and failure of the national leaders of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) to address the observations and complaints of its founding members especially about the lawlessness, impunity and injustice which had become the norms and led to factionalisation of the PDP, our leaders decided to team up in what is known as the nPDP under the national chairmanship of our own Alhaji Abubakar Baraje,” he said.

“After exhaustive consultations and deliberations by our leaders spearheaded by Senator Bukola Saraki, it was unanimously decided that the best option for us would be to merge with the newly formed All Progressives Congress (APC) and work together in the overall interest of the good people of this country and towards the advancement of democracy.

“Therefore, it is against that very brief background that we, the members of ALGON, Kwara state chapter hereby publicly declare for the APC and call on all our supporters and well-wishers to join hands with pour leaders to move the state and the country forward on the viable alternative platform provided by the APC.”


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