The Kwara State Chapter of the All Progressive Congress, APC, has experienced mass exodus as over 10,000 party members defected to the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP.
The decampees are from Kwara north senatorial district, which is one of the strongholds of Kwara state governor, AbdulRahman AbdulRazaq.
The coordinator of the defectors, Manzuma Abdulmalik Kawudogo, said the crisis among APC leaders and members in the state prompted them to defect.
He said there was no longer any sense of belonging in the APC.
“Along the line, the centre cannot hold and things fell apart as a result of injustice, lack of fairness, recognition and sense of belonging to the party members,”
“we are about 10,000 in number across the 58 wards in the district.”
The chairman of the Kwara state PDP chairman, Engineer Kola Shittu, assured the new party members that they will they not be discriminated.
He said: “We’re not surprised with the development due to unfulfilled promises of the present administration in the state. Doors of our party are wide open just as our umbrella is big enough to house every citizen of the state”
He continued, ”if our party had won the last gubernatorial election in the state, by now workers in the state would have started enjoying the N30,000 new minimum wage in fulfilment of our agreement with the organised labour in the state.“
“We should take our future in our hands. I’ve directed party leaders across the state to open new register and issue memberships cads to new members so that registration at ward levels is done to ensure that nobody is left behind”, he added.