Kwara Governor, Assembly Speaker, Others Defect To PDP | APC Spokesperson Dumps Party
The gale of defection continues as the Kwara State Governor, Abdulfatah Ahmed, and the Speaker, Kwara State House of Assembly, Ali Ahmad, have dumped the All Progressives Congress (APC) for the opposition Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).
Ahmed announced his decision on Tuesday evening via a statement issued on his behalf by his Senior Special Assistant on Media and Communication, Dr. Muyideen Akorede, in Ilorin.
The statement read, “Following due consultations with the people and in response to calls by major stakeholder groups in the state, Kwara State Governor, Alhaji Abdulfatah Ahmed, today (Tuesday) defected to the PDP having realized that the APC can no longer serve as a platform for achieving the aspirations and expectations of his people.”
The Speaker defected alongside other members of the Kwara state assembly on Wednesday.
His defection is coming less than 24 hours after Senate President Bukola Saraki also defected to the opposition party.
“Today, as I and other members of the Kwara State House of Assembly dump the APC for good, I heaved a sigh of relief,” Mr Ahmad posted on Twitter Wednesday afternoon.
“In 2014, I was terribly sad leaving PDP reluctantly with 36 other members of the House of Representatives. Today, I am the happiest leaving the APC for good.”
The National Publicity Secretary of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Mr Bolaji Abdullahi, also resigned his position and announced his exit from the ruling party.
He announced his resignation and departure from the ruling party in a statement signed by him on Wednesday.
“In view of recent political developments in the country and within the All Progressives Congress (APC), I have decided to resign my position as the National Publicity Secretary as well as my membership of the party with effect from today,” Abdullahi said.
“In the last few days, I have had to endure the flagrant usurpation of my role as the spokesman of the party in a manner that I consider unbefitting of a ruling party and inconsistent with my ethical standards.
Saraki’s defection from the APC comes a week after Governor Samuel Ortom officially announced his resignation from Nigeria’s ruling party on Wednesday.
Ortom’s resignation also comes at a time when fifteen senators of the ruling party announced their defection to the opposition party.
In the same vein on Tuesday, a total of 37 members of the House of Representatives defected from Nigeria’s ruling party.