Aggrieved members of the All Progresives Congress, APC, in Kwara state, yesterday, Saturday 2nd of April, officially dumped the party and joined Social Democratic Party, SDP.
The caucus which before now has been addressed themselves as ‘APC loyal’ disclosed this in a press conference held at their factional secretariat located at reservation road, G.R.A, Ilorin, Kwara state capital.
According to the spokesperson of the group, Mr Rasak Alabi, said “The tragedy in the conflict in APC becomes very glaring when those who seek to destroy democracy appear fighting for legitimate aims while its defenders are pictured as repressive reactionaries.
“Curiously after our official complaints to the National Appeal Committee on Registration headed by Mallam Adamu Farouq on the manner the exercise was conducted in Kwara State, we were assured that there would be no party congresses in Kwara until another registration exercise was conducted. But regrettably this was not to be. With all the promises and assurances given, nothing concrete ever happened in view of the fact that justice itself demands that complainant in a dispute should not be deprived of the fruits of his/her complaints.
“It is however important to note that democracy in the first place is not about isolation or exclusion but more about building those core values in its defense. And the beauty of democracy again is that it provides for a chain of internal mechanism for a peaceful resolution of conflicts rather than coercion.
“Despite our endurance in the face of the unhuman treatment meted 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.
“To matters worse, Senator Abdullai Adamu who once headed the party’s National Reconciliation Committee that denied us a fair hearing but rather turned himself to Governor Abdulrahman Abdulrazaq’s solicitor and advocate is now the party’s national chairman. How then can we be hopeful of getting justice in this. circumstance? We do not think we have a future in this party any longer and it would be safer for us to look elsewhere where our democratic views and opinions would be respected.
“We seize this opportunity to thank our men and women and our numerous supporters for their courage and faith in standing with us. In the past few months, they have become agitated about our continued stay in the party. This indeed is the beauty of democracy. Politics is a noble undertaking and a vehicle to serve the interest of the public and improving their lives. The delay in our response has been a product of a rather long and far reaching consultations and dialogue with majority of our leaders, elders and supporters across the state.
“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 queued behind is also a blown-out fuse and not capable of leading the party to any victory in the state come 2023. Seated here 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 our official defection and mass movement of our supporters and party members from the APC to SDP”
Receiving them, the national chairman of SDP, Dr. Olu Agunloye, who was represented by the national publicity secretary of the party, Ambassador Rufus Aujenigba, welcomed the newcomers and promised equity and justice ahead of the 2023 election.