The Chairmen of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in the three senatorial districts of Kwara state have asked Senate President Bukola Saraki to lead them out of the ruling party.
They made the appeal while speaking with reporters in Ilorin on Wednesday.
The senatorial chairmen are Jimoh Balogun (Kwara south), Jimoh Adesina (Kwara central), and Isiaka Oniwa (Kwara north).
Balogun, who spoke on behalf of the other chairmen, said the APC had failed to meet their yearnings even when they worked for it in 2015.
He urged Saraki to lead them to a party where the yearnings of the people of the state would be heard since their expectations had “not been met” by President Muhammadu Buhari.
The chairman insisted that nothing would stop them from leaving the party, even if the senate president insists on staying in APC.
“Now that another election is on the way, Kwara has considered it fit to implore Saraki to take us to a formidable party that would address the plights of the people if the ruling APC refuses to redeem its campaign promises,” he said.
“The perpetual persecution, humiliation and wanton destruction of the personality of the senate president have been on the increase daily. This has almost made him lose focus on his good intentions for the country.
“Saraki had contributed immensely to the empowerment and well-being of the people of the state, yet he was recently accused of sponsoring a gang of robbers that robbed banks in Offa, Offa local government area of the state. This is a calculated attempt to drag his name in the mud.
“The recent calculated attempt to disrupt the peace at the national assembly is another eloquent testimony to destroy the person of the senate president. This unwholesome treatment is unwarranted and uncalled for.
“The senate president delivered the entire Kwara state to the APC. The three senators from the state at the national assembly are APC members, the state government is controlled by APC, all members of the house of representatives are APC, and the 16 local government chairmen, 24 members of the house of assembly are APC, including the 193 councillors, apart from his contributions to other states of the federation won by the APC.”
The development comes less than 48 hours after Dati Baba-Ahmed, chief of staff to Saraki quit the APC.
The relationship between Saraki, a member of the nPDP faction of the APC, and the leadership of the ruling party is not smooth.
There were reports that he alongside some nPDP members would defect from the APC before the convention but that never happened.