From: Oluseyi Dasilva, Ilorin
A stalwart of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Kwara State, Sunday Adebayo Babalola, has announced his defection to the All Progressives Congress (APC).
Babalola, while briefing newsmen on Tuesday at a gathering of his supporters, said he was defecting with his over 200,000 supporters to join forces that will liberate the people of Kwara from the shackles of impoverishment they were brought into by bad leadership.
According to him, “I have defected with my over 20,000 supporters who belong to several groups across Kwara State. I am involved in partisan politics because I believe that politics is about service to the people.
“Our dear State, as it is now, needs urgent liberation from the over 45 years of deceit, oppression and primordial politics of ‘stomach infrastructure’ so that the people can be delivered from a people that has held them hostage and put them in the shackles of poverty and underdevelopment for so long.”
He said that bad leadership has denied the state of desired government impact in advancing the wellbeing of the citizens, through the provision of infrastructure and social amenities, human capital development and through engendering an environment that is conducive for business growth and expansion.
He alleged: “the state’s resources was not properly managed by the elites especially the oligarchy of Saraki, the current Senate President, who ruled the state for eight years and still pilots the affairs of the state, through cronies including the current Governor of the State, Alhaji Abdulfatah Ahmed. That reign of terror has to be brought to an end.”
He further added: “It is a widely held view that Saraki’s leadership has been widely accused of mismanagement of public resources, which has de-accelerated the growth of the state, such that many other states that were created even over a decade after Kwara State was created in 1967 have overtaken it in terms of development.
The level of poverty and infrastructure decay in spite of the volume of the revenues that had accrued to the State over the years, both from the federation allocations and internally generated revenue, is what every well-meaning person should rise up and fight against.
The Engineer turned politician said that Bukola Saraki, who along with his supporters, brought the state into poverty and penury cannot turn overnight and claim to be saviors of the people.