Members of the All Progressives Congress loyal to the Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, in Kwara State and opposed to Governor AbdulRahman AbdulRazaq, known as “APC Loyal,” have announced their defection to the Social Democratic Party (SDP).
The former secretariat of the faction at 26 Abdulrazaq Road, Flower Garden, GRA, Ilorin, has been branded with the SDP symbol and adorned with posters of members interested in contesting 2023 elections on the platform of the SDP.
The Kwara-South Senatorial chairman of the “APC Loyal” faction, Mr Rasak Alabi, who spoke on behalf of the defecting members, said they had lost confidence in the chairmanship of the APC led by Senator Abdullahi Adamu because of his allegiance to Governor AbdulRazaq.
He said, “Despite our endurance in the face of the inhuman treatment meted to us in the party, it will be correct to suggest that the Kwara State governor, working in tandem with the former National Caretaker Committee Chairman, Mallam Mai Mala Buni has decided to edge us out of the party against our wish.
“We do not think we have a future in this party any longer and it will be safer for us to look elsewhere where our democratic views and opinions will be respected.”
“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 que behind is also a blown fuse and not capable of leading the party to any victory in the state, come 2023.
“Seated with us at this press briefing are all the 193 ward chairmen, 16 local government chairmen and all the State Working Committee members who have jointly decided with our numerous supporters to announce to you today our official defection and mass movement of our supporters and party members from the APC to the Social Democratic Party,” Alabi added.
Receiving the new members to the party, the National Chairman of SDP, Dr Olu Agunloye, represented by the National Publicity Secretary, Mr Rufus Ayenigba, assured the defecting members that the party is for fairness and justice, which would help them achieve their political aspirations.
“I pity them for losing you to us. It’s a pleasure to receive this mammoth crowd to a party that is poised to take over government in 2023.
“The SDP is spreading fast across the country. We have four presidential aspirants now and it is the only party having a very strong female presidential aspirant in the country today,” he said.
The state chairman of the SDP, Mallam Ibrahim Yahaya, in his brief remark said that the party will not discriminate against the new members.