Twenty three members of the Kwara state House of Assembly on Wenesday defected to the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).
The defectors were led by Speaker of the House, Dr. Ali Ahmad.
The defection of the lawmakers came less than 24 hours after Senate President, Dr. Bukola Saraki and Governor AbdulFattah Ahmed had announced their respective defection from the ruling party.
In a 10-paragraph statement, Ali said the defection brought to him a sigh of relief, having been ‘terribly sad’ about the decision to dump the PDP in 2014
. “Today I am the happiest leaving the APC for good; I wish I was never a member of the party”, Ali said.
“Unarguably, the intrigues and power play that birthed the long drawn legal battle with key members of the party over phantom allegations coupled with the arbitrary use of government institutions such as the police and anti-corruption agencies for harassment and intimidation of perceived opponents in power since APC assumed power has dealt a heavy blow to governance”, he said.
“Today, as I and other members of the Kwara state House of Assembly dump the APC for good, I heaved a sigh of relief. In 2014, I was terribly sad leaving the PDP reluctantly with 36 other members of the House of Representatives. Today, I am the happiest leaving the APC fort good. I wish I was never a member of the party.“