Kwara State Governor Dr Abdulfatah Ahmed has further explained that his defection from the ruling All Progressives Congress, APC, is a script hatched and perfected by fifth columnists within the party.
The Governor dropped this hint in Ilorin when he received the National Executive of Oro Descendents Union (ODU), led by its President, Alhaji Uthman Tunji Balogun who paid him a courtesy call at the Government House.
Governor Ahmed told his visitors that he reluctantly dumped the APC when it became obvious that the people of the state “who delivered a 100% electoral victory to the APC are continuously being marginalized and persecuted”.
According to the governor, all entreaties to ensure that the people of Kwara state were treated with dignity, equity and justice fell on deaf ears as a result of those rooting for their personal relevance by marginalising other stakeholders.
“If it were for personal gains”, the governor said, “I wouldn’t have left the APC has a sitting governor. The Senate President would also have been contented with the coveted position of the Senate President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria”.
Governor Ahmed said the struggle is about the interests of Kwarans to participate effectively and meaningfully to the growth and development of Nigeria.
According to him, “Leaving the APC goes beyond self-interests but the inability to create opportunities for Kwarans in an administration jointly laboured to put in place”.
The PDP, according to the governor, is a reformed and inclusive party that provides an enabling platform for members to actualize their potentials.
Earlier in his address, the National President, Oro Descendants Union, Alhaji Uthman Tunji Balogun had commended Governor Ahmed for his bold attempts to change the face of the state through the provision of infrastructure and amenities capable of improving the standard of living of the people.
The president, on behalf of the nine communities that make up the Oro kingdom, expressed appreciation to the Governor for his prompt response to their call to upgrade the Kwara State college of education, Oro, to a degree awarding institution, construction of Oloro Palace and the rehabilitation of okeola- Oro / Ijomu – Oro road among others.
The union also appealed to the Governor on upgrading the stool of Oloro to a first class status, rehabilitation of interconnecting roads within the kingdom to facilitate movement of goods and services among the communities within the kingdom.