- APC members across five local government areas of Kwara north senatorial district have defected to the PDP
- However, due to the COVID-19 safety protocols, only representatives of the defectors were present at the occasion
- The coordinator of the group, Manzuma Abdulmalik Kawudogo, said there was no sense of belonging in APC
The All Progressives Congress (APC) in Kwara state suffered a huge setback on Thursday, June 4, when 10,000 members defected to the PDP.
The Tribune reported that the defectors were from five local government areas of Kwara north senatorial district.
However, due to the COVID-19 safety protocols, only representatives from the five local government areas were present at the occasion.
The defectors were reportedly led by their coordinator, Manzuma Abdulmalik Kawudogo, who said the crisis among APC leaders and members in the state prompted them to defect.
Kawudogo pointed out that the political dispute in APC negatively affected the growth of the party. He said there was no longer any sense of belonging in the APC.
“Along the line, the centre cannot hold and things fell apart as a result of injustice, lack of fairness, recognition and sense of belonging to the party members,” he said.
The defectors were welcomed by the Kwara state PDP chairman, Engineer Kola Shittu, who assured the new party members that they will enjoy privileges without discrimination.
In another report, Philip Shaibu, the deputy governor of Edo state has declared that his boss Governor Godwin Obaseki even with just 24-hour notification would win any form of primary election in the state.
The deputy governor while expressing confidence in Obaseki said the administration’s performance in office was sufficient to guarantee victory at any poll even with short notice.
Shaibu revealed this in a statement by Benjamin Atu, his special assistant on media, issued in Abuja.
However, the deputy governor said that the Obaseki administration would prefer that the All Progressives Congress (APC) conducted an indirect mode of primary election.
Meanwhile, Oluwarotimi Akeredolu, the Ondo state governor, declared that he has no plan to defect to another party to contest the governorship election because he is sure of victory both at the All Progressives Congress (APC) party primaries and at the main elections.
The Nation reports that Akeredolu who dismissed allegations of having plan B in case he lost at the primary said residents in the state were aware of his achievements.
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