Did Saraki’s Defeat Trigger Exodus In Kwara PDP?
It is just one week since the presidential and National Assembly elections were held in Nigeria and we are beginning to see exodus from different political parties.
Nigerians have called them political prostitutes, but they do not mind. They are still moving.
One place that the election shook was Kwara State, with the Senate President, Dr. Bukola Saraki, losing his seat at the upper legislative chamber.
It was like a dream of the night, but that defeat is giving birth to something more and it is not even something light.
Elections are not even over, but while residents of Kwara prepare for the governorship and State House of Assembly elections, the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) is already losing members.
Over 2, 500 members of the PDP defected to the All Progressives Congress (APC), in Ilorin West and Asa Local Government of Kwara.
While over 2, 000 PDP members defected in Ilorin, 500 defected to the APC in Asa Local Government Area.
Political analyst had predicted that defections would happen, but very few knew that the elections would not even be over before it would begin.
The defection in Ilorin took place on Sunday at Taiwo area and was led by leader of the group, Mr Bamidele Aluko, a former member of the State House of Assembly and a staunch foot soldier of Sen Bukola Saraki.
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Aluko was also the chairman of the Kwara United Football Club and the PDP leader in Badari Ward of Ilorin West, the most populated local government area of Kwara State.
Other top defectors were Alao Abdulyekeen, another PDP top gun from Baboko area of Ilorin, and Akeem Dare youth leader from Balogun Fulani ward 1.
The mass defection took place in Taiwo area of Ilorin, led by Mr Bamidele Aluko, a former House of Assembly member and a staunch foot soldier of Senator Bukola Saraki.
The News Agency of Nigeria reports that similar defection took place last Tuesday where over 500 PDP members from Osin Wara, Osin Egbejila ward and others declared allegiance to the APC in Surulere.
Aluko said the outcome of the National Assembly elections was the clearest manifestation that Kwarans had decided to reject and retire Senator Bukola Saraki for reasons of bad governance, oppression and non-inclusive leadership.
“Our people are tired. Salaries don’t get paid in the true sense of the word and the infrastructure on the ground is not commensurate with the resources the state has received over the years.
“Worst still, people are tired of leaders who see everything from their own comfort zone.
“People are tired of the status quo. They are angry and fed up with dictatorial leadership and the result is what you just said,” Aluko added.
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