Posted by News Express | 27 July 2018 | 1,351 times
Huge drama is expected in Kwara state politics in the weeks ahead as Senate President Bukola Saraki and Governor AbdulFattah Ahmed formally declare their defection to the Peoples Democratic Party from the All Progressives Congress.
Just as witnessed in 2014, when APC members left to join the PDP after Saraki joined the APC, a counter-defection from the PDP to APC or another political group is now easily predictable.
A sign of what to expect is the declaration by the Kwara State chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Akogun Iyiola Oyedepo that he cannot work with the incoming defectors, especially Saraki and Governor Abdulfattah Ahmed.
Two senators, Shaaba Lafiagi (Kwara North) and Rafiu Ibrahim (Kwara South), as well as the six members of the House of Representatives from the state, were among federal legislators who defected on Tuesday from the APC.
But Oyedepo, who spoke on the development on a radio programme in Ilorin, the state capital, said the national leadership of the PDP set up a committee to interface between his group and the defectors. The first meeting is slated for next week, he said.
The PDP chairman, who said he had just returned from a meeting with PDP leaders in Abuja, blamed the party’s national leadership for being allegedly insensitive to the political configuration in Kwara State and allowing themselves to be swayed by funding capacity of the defectors. To him, the option now before the leaders is to choose between his group and the Saraki’s. (NAN)
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