- Governor Alhaji Abdulfatah Ahmed of Kwara state has revealed the major reason he and the Senate president, Bukola Saraki, left the APC for the PDP
- Ahmed said that he and Saraki left the ruling party because of allegations stemming from the Offa robbery that took place on Thursday, April 5
- He also accused the President Muhammadu Buhari-led government of victimising some top members of the ruling party
Alhaji Abdulfatah Ahmed, the Kwara state governor, on Thursday, August 2, said that the Offa bank robbery case that indicted himself and the Senate president, Bukola Saraki, was the reason they both defected from the All Progressives Congress (APC) to the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).
Governor Ahmed alleged that the President Muhammadu Buhari-led administration is prosecuting and victimising the party’s leadership in Kwara, adding that the APC failed to meet the desires and aspirations of the people of the state, Punch reports.
He wept over what he described as outright marginalisation of Kwara in the scheme of things in the federal government. He said this when some women and youths, under the auspices of Kwara Agenda, staged a solidarity rally on major roads in the state on Thursday, August 2.
He remarked that his and Saraki’s defection from the APC was part of the grand plan to develop and move the state forward. He accused some leaders in the party of nursing ulterior and personal motives.
Ahmed said: “Most of the political appointments at the federal level were done without any input or consideration from the state party stakeholders and in flagrant neglect of established principles of Federal Character.
“The problem became compounded with ceaseless litigations and harassment of me and the Senate President with the insinuation of complicity in the condemnable Offa robberies.
“The Government House is the seat of government of the people, and the people have come here to tell us their views on what they want us to do. I want to assure you, like I have always said, your voice is our voice.
“On our part, we will continue within the timeframe left to increase our support for the government business by delivering goods and services to the people in infrastructure, health and in the economy.
“We will also ensure that we have a very comfortable and convenient political environment so that the aspirations of everybody will be encapsulated in this, so that Kwara will continue to be great under our leadership.
“I want to assure you that your message is well received and it is part of the agenda with which we want to move Kwara forward.”
The supporters met Ahmed after marching through the streets of Ilorin, carrying placards that discredited the APC.
Their spokesman, Yakub Kannike, said Saraki would always win any election in the state irrespective of his political platform.“In Kwara, Saraki is our political party and we shall always vote for his party and candidates,” Kannike said.
Speaking on behalf of the youth, Yakub Haroon, said: “The APC has failed to deliver on its promises to Nigerians, especially the youth. The party has also failed to carry the people of Kwara State along in the scheme of things at the federal level. We have been relegated to second-class citizens by the APC.
“It is on this basis that we express our support for the Senate President and the governor for finding a new platform to actualise the dreams of our people.”
Meanwhile, Legit.ng reported that Saraki had announced his exit from the APC). Saraki announced his exit from the party via his official social media pages on Tuesday, July 31. He said he decided to leave the APC after extensive consultations.
There had been earlier speculation that Saraki might soon leave the APC following the defection of 13 lawmakers elected on the platform of the party to the PDP and the African Democratic Congress (ADC).
Shortly after the mass defection, the rest of the APC lawmakers met with President Muhammadu Buhari to discuss the situation of the party. At the meeting, the president reportedly urged the APC senators to stand steadfast and work for the party.
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