The Kwara State chapter of the All Progressives Congress (APC) has lost about 4,000 members in Kaiama and Ilorin West local government areas to the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).
The defectors, while stating the reason for dumping the ruling party in the state, accused the powers that be in the party of sidelining them after the 2019 elections.
They claimed that the APC administration in the state has failed to meet the expectation of Kwarans since they took over power.
Among those that defected at Kaiama, the local government area includes Hon Issa Inuwa Baagee, Hon Abdulhafeez Inuwa and Kararudeen Salihu.
The defectors from Wojibe ward in Kaiama local government area of the state said, “After a wider consultation with our political friends and followers, we have decided to dump Kwara State APC with thousands of followers to Peoples Democratic Party, (PDP).”
They accused APC of employing the ‘use and dump’ technique.
They further said, “We are grassroots politicians who have been in Kwara politics for years back and our continued staying in Kwara APC is becoming a waste before our political followers.
“This is the time to retrace our steps back and support all PDP candidates to mobilise the people of Kwara North senatorial district for 2023 elections to move the state forward”
Also, defectors from the Ilorin west local government promised to work for the victory of the PDP in the forthcoming general election in the state.
They accused the APC-led administration in the state of non-performance since it came into office on May 29, 2019
The leader of the decampees, Muhammed Soliu Olasunkanmi while speaking claimed that the APC government in the state failed to bring dividends of democracy to the people of the state.
The Baboko ward chairman, Mashood Yakub and the Chairman PDP Stakeholders in Baboko Ward, Bodunrin Jiddah while receiving the decampees lauded the decision of the defectors to join the PDP.
They charged the defectors to work with the party to ensure the success of the party in the next elections.