Leaders of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Kwara state have said the All Progressives Congress (APC) can only dream of winning the state in the forthcoming general election saying beyond that, the party is going nowhere in the state.
This was the position of the PDP leaders who refused to defect to the APC but who have now emerged as part of the new executive committee of the party in the state under the scheme designed to harmonise old and new members of the party.
Led by Alhaji Mohammed Sani Abubakar, the former Deputy Chairman who has retained his position under the new scheme, the group at a media briefing in Ilorin on Monday commended the leadership now being offered to the party by Senate President, Dr. Bukola Saraki.
They said their experience with Saraki indicates a commitment to give free hand in the running of the party at the state level as he concentrates on giving the PDP a positive outlook at the national level.
Other old PDP members who retained their position in the party’s new executive include Barr. Moses Ibiyemi (Financial Secretary), Alhaji Haliru Dan Tsoho Mahmud (Youth Leader) and Alhaji Mohammed Haliru (Assistant Financial Secretary) as well as Chief Ebun Afolayan.
The group debunked insinuations that Saraki was set to hijack the party from the old members, pointing out that most of the old executives of the party are still holding their positions after the harmonisation, adding that “in the Kwara of today, it would be impossible for any meaningful politician to deny his or her link with the Saraki political structure at one point or the other.”
He described those who left the PDP with the entry of Saraki into the party as mere activists and not real grassroot politicians.
Barrister Moses Ibiyemi who read the group’s statement said: “APC is dead on arrival in Kwara, it is going nowhere in this state. Anyone interested in joining APC should go to Katsina state or since that is a far place, maybe they can go to Osun state but here, if you want to be a real politician, you must join the PDP.
“In Kwara today, PDP is a moving train, ready to crush anything on its path and that is why we appeal to our brothers and sisters still out there to come back here because this is the real place.
“We are therefore using this forum to urge a few of our members who were deceived to defect to other lesser parties by our former chairman, Akogun Oyedepo and Prince Sunday Fagbemi to come back home as there is equal opportunities for all in the PDP under the leadership of Dr Bukola Saraki. Our doors are wide open to both our former members and every progressive-minded Kwaran.
“We should be wary of selfish and self-centred politicians who may unwittingly handover the affairs of our state to ‘foreigners’ who have nothing to offer us other than to enslave us and harness our resources for their own personal use.”