The intral party crisis rocking the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) in Kwara state Thursday took a new dimension as no fewer than 10,000 members of the party decamped to the opposition Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in the state, ThisDayLive reports.
The decampees were mostly from Kwara north senatorial district, the stronghold of Kwara state governor, AbdulRahman AbdulRazaq.
The aggrieved former APC members had last week in a statement announced their defection plan and made good that decision Thursday at a brief ceremony at the PDP state secretariat in Ilorin, the state capital.
Those that were physically present at the event were representatives picked across the five local government areas in Kwara north, in adherence to COVID-19 safety protocols.
The leader of the group, Hon. Manzuma Kawu Dogo, claimed that “we are about 10, 000 in number across the 58 wards in the district “.
Dogo said that they decided to leave the ruling APC because of conflict and crisis among party leaders and members, allegedly caused by non-adherence to the party’s constitution.
Pointing out the political crisis among APC members, Dogo added that the development did not allow growth but decline.
He said party members were de-enfranchised, miserable and no longer had sense of belonging due to unfulfilled campaign promises.
“Along the line, the centre cannot hold and things fall apart as a result of injustice, lack of fairness, recognition and sense of belonging to the party members,” he added.
He said the next local government elections would mark gradual extinction of the ruling APC from the state .