Kwara former deputy speaker, supporters defect to APC
A former deputy speaker of the Kwara State House of Assembly, Hon Mohammed Suka-Baba has led a crowd of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Kaiama, Kaiama local government area of the state to the All Progressives Congress (APC).
The defectors, who formally declared for the APC in Verna ward of the local government area, burnt membership cards of their former party.
Speaking at the event, Hon. Suka-Baba said that his resolve to defect to APC borne out promptings from his supporters in the area.
“As a Fulani man, I am defecting to APC because my people want APC; I want to say I am back, as I was a founding member of APC in the state. APC is a progressive party and anybody that wants progress of Kwara State and Nigeria in general must join APC.
“I am not joining APC to create any faction in the party. I still talk to some of them in PDP to join the party of the progressives which is APC.
“I am also assuring that by next week, we shall be receiving a large number of PDP members from Kwara North who will be joining the APC. I am confident that my coming will bring more people to join the APC in the entire Kwara State,” he said.
Receiving the defectors, the state APC chairman, Hon. Bashir Bolarinwa, said that Suka-Baba was spurred by the alleged retrogression in his community to decamp to the APC.
“We are here today because a politician who means well for his community is joining the APC. APC is not a party that makes unfulfilled promises. The end of underdevelopment in the state is here,”he said.
Hon. Bolarinwa charged the party faithful to remain unprovoked, charging them to vote all the candidates of the party and guide their votes on election days.
“For opposition to think they have majority in Kwara State would amount to an illusion in grandeur. From Ekiti to Afon and Kaiama, it is a morbid tale of infrastructure neglect and deceit. And the gale of defection to APC from the PDP had been tremendous. Nobody can stop or derail the liberation train. Everybody is committed to the liberation of Kwara State,” he said.