- Governor Abdulfatah Ahmed has defended his decision to defect from the ruling APC for the opposition PDP
- Ahmed said his defection was not for selfish reasons but to secure a better platform with abundant opportunities for the people of the state
- He maintained that the PDP is a reformed and inclusive party that provides an enabling platform for members to actualise their potentials
Kwara state governor, Abdulfatah Ahmed, has further explained that his defection from the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC), is a script hatched and perfected by fifth columnists within the party.
Vanguard reports that Abdulfatah made this known in Ilorin when he received national executive of Oro Descendants Union (ODU) led by its president, Alhaji Uthman Balogun, who paid him a courtesy call at Government House.
Ahmed told his visitors that he reluctantly dumped the APC when it became obvious that the people of the state “who delivered a 100 per cent electoral victory to the APC are continuously being marginalised and persecuted.”
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According to him, all entreaties to ensure that the people of Kwara state are treated with dignity, equity and justice fell on deaf ears as a result of those rooting for their personal relevance by marginalising other stakeholders.
He said: “If it were for personal gains, I wouldn’t have left the APC as a sitting governor. The Senate president would also have been contented with the coveted position of the Senate President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.”
Ahmed said the struggle was about the interests of Kwarans to participate effectively and meaningfully in the growth and development of Nigeria.
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According to him, “leaving the APC goes beyond self-interests but the inability to create opportunities for Kwarans in an administration we laboured to put in place.”
The PDP, according to the governor, is a reformed and inclusive party that provides an enabling platform for members to actualise their potentials.
Meanwhile, NAIJ.com had reported that Governor Abdulfatah dismissed claims that he was planning to return to the PDP, which he left with some other chieftains of the party before the 2015 general elections.
This was made known to news men through the governor's senior special assistant on media and communications, Muyideen Akorede, in Ilorin on Tuesday, January 30.
The governor noted that Senate president Bukola Saraki and other political leaders in Kwara have no intention or reason to return to the PDP or join any other political party unless they are asked to do so by supporters.
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