Aggrieved members of the factional All Progressives Congress (APC) in Kwara have defected to the Social Democratic Party (SPD).
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the defectors are loyal supporters of the two serving ministers from the state, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, the Minister of Information and Culture, as well as Sen. Gbemisola Saraki, the Minister of State for Transportation, among other APC cheiftains in the state.
Mr Rasak Alabi, the Kwara South Senatorial Chairman of factional APC group, announced their defection to the SDP on Saturday in Ilorin at a news conference attended by members from the 16 local government areas of the state.
Alabi said: “Consequent upon the wishes of our numerous supporters and the majority of Kwarans, we announce to you today the official defection and mass movement of supporters and party members from the APC to the SOCIAL DEMOCRATIC PARTY (SDP).
“Seated here with us are the 193 ward chairmen, 16 local governments chairmen, and all the working committee members who have jointly decided with our numerous supporters, to announce o you today our defection to the SDP.”
The spokesman of defectors thanked the people of Kwara for their courage and faith in the covenant with the APC loyal.
“In the past few months, Kwarans have become agitated about our continued stay in the party. This indeed is the beauty of democracy.
“Politics is a noble undertaking and a vehicle to serve the interest of the public and improve their lives.
“The delay in our response has been a product of a rather long and far-reaching consultations and dialogue with the majority of our leaders, elders and supporters across the state.
“Gentlemen, if the national leadership of the party does not believe that we are politically relevant in the state, we need to make them understand also that the man they queued behind is also a blown-out fuse not capable of leading the party to any victory in the state come 2023.
“This is a man that got to power through our collective efforts and the support of Kwarans and not his,” he declared.
Alabi described Governor AbdulRahman AbdulRazaq as a poor manager of victory despite the fact that he was imposed on the party.
“Out of the four tendencies that coalesced to bring him to power, his was the weakest.
“The other three only decided to forgo their personal interests and ambition so that the party would win the 2019 general elections.
“If the primary election that was rigged in his favour was allowed to run its full course, he would have performed woefully.
“He is one man without political clout; a hit and run politician who only appears every election year and disappears without notice because of his poor understanding of politics.
“Even in running the affairs of his administration, the governor never demonstrated that he either knows his job or the enormity of his assignment considering the colour and quality of his cabinet.
“He has personalised governance and reduced it by promoting mediocrity over merit,” Alabi claimed.
He said that the governor refused to consult with party leaders and elders, like the Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed; Minister of State for Transportation, Sen. Gbemisola Saraki; Alhaji Hakeen Lawal; Alhaji Lukman Mustapha; Prof. Oba Abdulraheem, in the affairs of both the party and governance.
“Governor AbdulRahman AbdulRazaq is really not pride to the APC.
“His governance model is nothing to write about when compared to the successes achieved in other APC states considering the quantum of financial resources at his disposal since he assumed office.
“Because of his limitations, the Governor is never comfortable in the midst of educated and competent people. That precisely explains his desire to deregister credible people from the party,” Alabi added.
According to him, the present party structure headed by the governor’s crony has helped in alienating thousands of members and prospective members because they did not allow for the revalidation of existing members.