A former Executive Chairman, Ifelodun Local Government who double as the Vice Chairman, Association of Local Governments of Nigeria (ALGON) Kwara State Chapter between 2013 – 2016, and also a Director during Governor AbdulRahman AbudlRazaq Campaign in Kwara South in 2019, Dr. Babatunde Salami and thousands of APC members across Ifelodun Local Government of Kwara State have dumped the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) in the State on Wednesday.
At a public gathering at Ilorin, the erstwhile Council Chief who led other decampees from the APC to the PDP lamented the harsh political attitudes of the Kwara State governor, Mallam AbdulRahman AbdulRasaq to the teeming supporters and tendencies that fought for the victory of the party in 2019.
Speaking with the members of the Forth-Estate of the realm after the gathering, Dr. Salami said most critical stakeholders were recently denied party registration and the system is not a democracy but a pseudo-demoracy and mini military system where opinion of the party is not entertained.
In the address, the leader of the decampees said ”Though, the PDP is not in government but more peaceful and organized in the state”. Commenting on the future of the PDP in the 2023 elections, The ex-Local Government boss said the sky is the beginning of the PDP in Kwara State because the APC led government has disappointed the electorate and politicians who sang the song of “Otoge” against the then ruling party.
Commenting on his possible ambition in PDP, Dr. Salami said the party is now undergoing through the Reconciliation Stage in Kwara State after the shock defeat. Bringing back the aggrieved members who left for one reason or the other is now germane to him. This he said should be followed by Reconstruction, which is re-strategising the party machinery towards winning the forthcoming elections in the state. It is after the two concepts are achieved before anyone can talk of a political ambition. It is too early for an experienced politician who has the love of his party in heart to talk of ambition now when the party needs political surgery to re-conquer the State from the opportunists.
On the attendants at the political meeting, Crème de la crème in the State such as: Chairman of the PDP, Engr. Kola Shitu and some of the PDP State Central Working Committee Members, the Kwara South Senatorial Chairman, Chief Afolayan, Barrister Segun Olawoyin, Comrade Bisi Fakoyede, Hon. C.T Ayeni, Hon. Wahab Isa, Alh. Yekini Ilobi and others that are numerous to mention were at the colourful event. Dr. Salami said he is not new in the Saraki dynesty. According to him, “I had been in the system since 1996, therefore, I am a branded name in the system across the State”. Salami said.