- Lawmakers that defected from the APC to the PDP in Kwara state have denied financial inducement for their action
- The 23 lawmakers denied receiving bribe before dumping the APC
- The lawmakers dumped the APC for the PDP on Wednesday, August 1
All 23 members of the 24-member House of Assembly in Kwara, including the speaker, have denied financial inducement for their recent defection to the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).
NAN reports that the lawmakers were alleged to have each collected N15 million to defect from the All Progressives Congress (APC) to the PDP on Wednesday, August 1
NAIJ.com gathers that the 23 members, at plenary on Tuesday, September 4, denied being induced with money for their decision to quit the APC.
Each of the defected lawmakers, in their defence, described the allegation as unfounded and a calculated attempt to tarnish their names. They said that no individual or group gave them N15 million as bribe prior to their August 1 defection to the PDP.
They accused the only APC lawmaker in the House, Saheed Popoola, as being responsible for the alleged rumour on social media.
The lawmakers claimed that their defection to PDP was purely on personal conviction devoid of any financial inducement.
However, Popoola (APC - Olomu-Balogun) in his reaction, said he did not speak with any media on the alleged N15 million bribe.
Popoola refuted the claim by his colleagues of being the author of the alleged rumour, and challenged them to produce evidence or testimonies against him.
Concluding debate on the matter, the speaker, Ali Ahmad, urged his fellow speakers in states Houses of Assembly to resist the temptation of declaring vacant, seats of defectors in their states.
NAIJ.com previously reported that twenty-three out of the 24 members of the Kwara state House of Assembly on Wednesday, August 1, defected from the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) to the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).
Only the member representing Ojomu/Balogun constituency of Offa local government area, Saheed Popoola, did not dump the APC.
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