No fewer than 10,000 members of the ruling party in Kwara state, the All Progressives Congress (APC) on Thursday decamped to the opposition Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in the state.
The decampees are from Kwara north senatorial district. The aggrieved former APC members had last week in a statement announced their defection plan and they made good that decision yesterday at a brief ceremony at the PDP state secretariat in Ilorin, the state capital.
Though, those that were physically present at the event were representatives picked across the five local government areas in the Kwara north, in adherence to COVID-19 safety protocols, the leader of the group, Hon. Manzuma Kawu Dogo claimed that “we are about 10,000 in number across the 58 wards in the district “. Dogo said that they decided to leave the ruling APC because of conflict and crisis among party leaders and members, allegedly caused by non-adherence to the party’s constitution.
Pointing out that political crisis was keen among the APC members, Dogo added that the development did not allow growth but decline. He said party members were de-enfranchised, miserable and no longer had sense of belonging due to unfulfilled campaign promises. “Along the line, the centre cannot hold and things fall apart as a result of injustice, lack of fairness, recognition and sense of belonging to the party members,” he added.