The ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) has lost not less than 5,000 members to the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Kwara state ahead of the 2023 general elections.
The defectors who were led by Toyin Abdul, Olohuntoyin Rahmeen, Yinka Yusuf, and the Igbo community in the Baboko area of the state noted that they left the party because of the poor performance of the APC government in the state.
They accused the present administration in Kwara State of not providing good leadership to the people of the state.
The defectors commended the leadership qualities of the PDP leaders in the state, especially the former Senate President, Bukola Saraki.
The defectors emerged mostly from Ilorin West Local Government Area and Asa Local Government Area of the state.
The defectors also cut across wards of Ajikobi, Ubandawaki, Ogidi, Adewole, and Badari among others in Ilorin west LGA.
Others are from five communities of Laduba ward that include Sapati, Abayawo, Budo-Ago and Ago-Oja all in Asa LGA of the state.
The Baboko Ward PDP Chairman, Mashood Yakub while welcoming the defectors charged them to work for the progress of the party in the state and Nigeria.
One of the leaders of the youth group in Laduba ward, Mathew Adachi who led defectors to PDP said they worked for the victory of APC in 2019.
Adachi lamented said, “The current administration in Kwara State has failed, and has betrayed the trust of the people. APC is a discriminating party that has nothing to offer the electorate.”
In a related development, Alhaji Jinaidu Wasagu, a chieftain of the PDP in Danko/Wasagu Local Government Area (LGA) of Kebbi State, has defected to the APC.
Reports have it that eight ex-PDP ward chairmen, secretaries, youths and women leaders were among those who defected along with Wasagu at a ceremony on Monday in Kebbi.
Receiving the defectors, the state APC Chairman, Alhaji Abubakar Kana, congratulated them for joining the party and described Wasagu’s defection as a monumental political development in the state.
He assured them of inclusiveness in all the affairs of the APC as bona fide members of the party.
“It is that kind gesture from him that facilitated the mass movement of the people to the party,” he said.
He assured them of equal treatment, justice and a level playing ground in the party.
Speaking, Wasagu attributed their decision to dump the PDP to the injustice and selfishness in the party.
“I have come along with eight party chairmen, secretaries and scores of executive officials of the PDP in Danko/Wasagu LGA.
“The entreaties of Gov. Atiku Bagudu and the APC governorship candidate, Alhaji Nasiru Idris, who has shown them love and kindness even being in the opposition party, motivated us to dump PDP and join APC.
“Also, I have not joined the party for material gains but because of the injustice and selfishness in PDP, and the justice and selfless service the APC and its leaders have demonstrated in the last seven years in the state,” he said.