Defection: Why we dumped PDP for APC with over 120,000 members – Abdulrazaq, Babalola

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Alhaji Abdulrahman Abdulrazaq, a Kwara Central senatorial candidate in 2015 election, and a former governorship aspirant on the platform of the Peoples Democratic Party, Sunday Babalola have said they defected from PDP to the All Progressives Congress, APC with over 120,000 supporters.

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They said their mission was to rescue Kwara State from alleged maladministration.

Abdulrazaq, in an interview with newsmen on Saturday in Ilorin, the Kwara State capital, said the people of the state were ready for change.

According to the former senatorial aspirant, politicians in APC are now more focused on dislodging the ruling elites in the state.

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He said political heavyweights in APC had been collaborating to defeat the PDP in the 2019 general elections.

He said, “I left PDP to APC with over 100,000 supporters. Our people have been yearning for change and they have been making demand. Change has come to Kwara.

“In Kaiama Local Government, 90 per cent of the party members did not move to PDP, they remained in the party.

“Eighty per cent of Kwara North party members stayed behind. They are not moving. Even in Kwara Central, most did not move with them.

“So there is change on the horizon and this is the beginning of the new dawn. Change to the advantage to the APC.

“For us in Kwara, the priority is about change. We had maladministration for over 20 years.

“Now, it is not about who becomes governor or which geopolitical zone takes the mantle but we just want to get rid of these people, who have mismanaged the economy of Kwara for years.”

Also speaking, Babalola, who said he defected with over 20,000 of his supporters from the PDP to APC, claimed that the state had been sadly and regrettably bedevilled with unprecedented underdevelopment.

This, he said, was occasioned by inappropriate policies, programmes and with little or no project executions.

He said the level of poverty and infrastructure decay in the state in spite of the volume of the revenues that had accrued to the state over the years, both from the federation allocations and Internally Generated Revenue, is what every well-meaning person should rise up and fight against.

Babalola said, “There has been improper management of state resources by the ruling elite.”