Cracks have emerged in the opposition Peoples Democratic Party in Kwara State after some leaders pledged their loyalty to Governor AbdulRahman AbdulRazaq of the All Progressives Congress.
Spokesman for the party Tunde Ashaolu promptly denounced the flirting members. He said they were on their own.
The PDP renegades who went to meet Abdulrazak praised the governor for his leadership style, humility and attachment to the poor.
They said his style gives a breath of fresh air.
The PDP leaders, who included some suspended council chairmen, women and youth leaders, spoke late on Tuesday when they visited Governor AbdulRazaq at the Government House in Ilorin.
“We can see a difference and people can feel that they have a government. The situation has changed in the area of road construction, water, health. You have also brought unmatched humility to governance,” a top PDP chieftain from Ifelodun Local Government, Obalola Suleiman, said at the meeting.
But PDP in Kwara State said its members have not defected to the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC).
“Those people had been meeting with the APC in the state from time. They may say they want to defect; it’s not a big deal to us. And it doesn’t mean that we’ve disowned them. They’ve made personal and voluntary choice. It’s their personal decision. For us, it’s nothing to worry about. It only shows that they have been having underhand dealings with the ruling party before now. For us, the party is not shaken and remains indissoluble”, Ashaolu said.