The political camp of the All Progressives Congress, APC, in Kwara State has been boosted, as no fewer than 11,000 members of Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, Allied Congress Party of Nigeria ACPN, and two other parties defected to the ruling party in the state.
The defectors included over 5,000 members of PDP led by their leader, Alhaji Baa JImoh; over 3,200 members of Mega Progressive Peoples Party, MPPP, led by the chairman, Abdullahi Shuaib; over 2,000 members of Mohammed Dele Belgore, MDB Solidarity Team, led by Abdulsalam Moshood; members of ACPN; and other youth groups and associations.
The defectors were received into the party by former governor of Kwara State and APC leader in the state, Dr Bukola Saraki, who told the crowd at Ile-Arugbo Iloffa, GRA venue of the ceremony, that Kwarans would decide the voting pattern in 2015 and not any influence of the presidency.
The defectors pledged their allegiance to the APC and promised to ensure total victory for the party in the 2015 general elections.
Saraki, who is Chairman, Senate Committee on Ecology and Environment, said, “Our progress in APC is not hidden. The decamping of these people from various factions of PDP in Kwara shows that PDP has lost its relevance in Kwara beyond recovery and in 2015, PDP will not only lose in Kwara but nationwide. Once again, I welcome you to APC and assure you that the party’s tenets of fairness, equity, transparency and progress cover you as you join us to fight for the change we crave. Our party is big enough to accommodate all Kwarans.”
Saraki urged the people to mobilize and vote for the APC in the forthcoming general elections.
He also said,”Since inception, I have seen the handwritings on the wall that the PDP administration in Abuja does not have the interest of Kwarans at heart as no single project was brought to the state by the Federal Government and none was commissioned by them.”
In his remark, one of the leaders of the defectors from PDP, Alhaji Baba Jimoh said they were cajoled into joining the PDP, adding that they had only just discovered that it was not a good place for them.