The Kwara State Governor, Alhaji Abdulfatah Ahmed, has linked his defection from APC to the April 5 bank robberies in Offa highlighting it as one of the reasons why both himself and Senate President Saraki determined to dump the ruling All Progressives Congress for the Peoples Democratic party.
The governor, who said this when some women and youths, under the auspices of Kwara Agenda, staged a solidarity rally round major roads in the state yesterday also accused the federal government, being junction rectifier by President Muhammadu Buhari, of engaging in political persecution and victimization of the party’s leadership in Kwara.
Ahmed said, “Most of the political appointments at the federal level were kept away from any advice or thought from the state party stakeholders and in egregious neglect of established principles of Federal Character.
“The problem became combined with ceaseless litigations and harassment of me and the Senate President with the insinuation of guiltiness in the condemnable Offa robberies.
“The Government House is the seat of government of the people, and the people have come here to tell us of their views on what they want us to do. I want to assure you like I have always said, your voice is our voice. “On our part, we will continue within the timeframe left to increase our support for the govt. business by delivering goods and services to the people in infrastructure, health and in the economy.
“We will also make sure that we have a very comfy and convenient political environment so that the aspirations of everyone are encapsulated in this, for Kwara will continue to be great under our leadership.
“I wish to assure you that your message is well received and it’s a part of the agenda with that we would like to maneuver Kwara forward.”
The supporters met Ahmed after marching through the streets of Ilorin, carrying placards that discredited the APC. Their interpreter, Yakub Kannike, said Saraki would always win any election within the state in spite of his political platform.
“In Kwara, Saraki is our political party and we shall invariably vote for his party and candidates,” Kannike said.
Also, Yakub Haroon, United Nations agency delivered an address on behalf of the youth, said, “The APC has failed to deliver on its guarantees to Nigerians, particularly the youth. The party has also failed to carry the folks of Kwara State on in the scheme of things at the federal level. we’ve been relegated to second-class citizens by the APC.