By Hammed Shittu
Ahead of the 2023 general election, numerous members of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Kwara State at the weekend defected to Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).
The defected APC members, who were mainly youths from Ogidi Ward, the electoral ward of the serving Senator from Kwara Central, Dr. Ibrahim Yahaya Oloriegbe, accused the senator of non-performance since he was elected to the National Assembly, and the APC government in the state.
The youths, who spoke at the event, also said: “We had to retrace our steps as we were all deceived by cooked lies and propaganda against the former Senate President, Dr. Bukola Saraki, in the last general election in the state.
“It’s now crystal clear that APC in 2019 was a one-chance vehicle that was out to deceive the Kwara people just to get into power.”
Receiving the defectors at the Banni Zone in Ogidi Ward, the newly elected PDP Chairman of Ilorin West, Alhaji Issa Abdulkadri, lauded the youths for taking their decision to return to the PDP in the state.
He said, the new PDP leadership in the state would provide them good leadership that would improve the socio-economic wellbeing of the masses if return to power in 2023.
While urging them to work with the party structure, he assured them of inclusiveness and team spirit so as to take the state to a greater height if the party takes over power in next elections.
Meanwhile, the state PDP Organising Secretary, Hajia Bilkisu Oniyangi, over the weekend charged women to justify their inclusion in party leadership.
In a statement issued in Ilorin, which was signed by Oniyangi after the meeting with the women leaders and other ward women leaders in Ilorin South Local Government Area, she said: “In the spirit of preparation towards reclaiming Kwara State from the ineptitude of the APC, the PDP would accord women and other stakeholders in the decision-making process in 2023.
“We urge the women to justify the confidence the leadership of the PDP has reposed in them for the women inclusiveness.”
The statement added: “The women were full of gratitude to Saraki and all the party leadership for the actualisation of 30 percent women affirmative in the leadership of the party across wards, LGAs and the state executives that produced an unprecedented woman as the state organising secretary of the party, in Nigeria politics.”
The statement, therefore, urged the women in the local government area to intensify their efforts in creating women awareness as well as mobilisation for the party ahead of the 2023 general election.