Ex- PDP Reps Aspirant Joins APC, Drums Support For Governor AbdulRazaq


Ex- PDP Reps Aspirant Joins APC, Drums Support For Governor AbdulRazaq

By Stephen Olufemi Oni, Ilorin

Former House of Representatives aspirant under the banner of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Akanbi Ilyas Shola, has drummed support for the second term bid of Governor, AbdulRahman AbdulRazaq.

Ilyas, who claimed to have recently led the PDP ‘Osuwa’ rally in the state, also announced his defection from the PDP to the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) at a news conference he addressed on Tuesday in Ilorin, the state capital.

Ilyas said he decided to dump the PDP because of the party’s lack of youth inclusion in its programmes at both the state and national levels, hailing Governor AbdulRazaq’s administration’s youth friendly programmes and policies. In particular, he lauded the Governor for deliberately making youths important ally of his administration by appointing many of them into key political and government offices.

Shola added: “I have realised through experience and exposure that we need a government and party that cares about youths inclusion in politics to
develop this country which is lacking in the PDP.

“The PDP has failed to give up the stage by recognising the youths in every matter related to the success of the party. Throughout my lifetime, I have remained a loyal and committed front line member
of the PDP. In December 2022, I led some group of people to organise a town hall meeting tagged: ‘Arewa Decides Project 2023’ to awaken political consciousness among the youths in Kwara State. It is also on record that on the 19th of January,
2023, I led Ilorin East/Ilorin South Osuwa Constituency rally across some streets of Ilorin to raise support for the PDP. Alas, it has dawned on me that the PDP has not learnt any lesson from the defeat of 2019, particularly on youths inclusion.

“For days, I have pondered over the words of some stakeholders whose advisory note led me to trace the failure of the PDP, their inability to
recognise the youth constituency as an integral part of the party, and also the game-changer of the country’s political terrain. I was in awe of the pathetic situation I found myself alongside several other loyal party members, in limbo, which eventually led to the parting way with the party.

“No administration in the history of our state has given opportunities to the youths to showcase themselves like the administration of Mallam AbdulRahman AbdulRazaq has done in the last three and half years. It is therefore incumbent on Kwara Youths to support Mallam AbdulRahman AbdulRazaq who is reputed for massive empowerment of the youths. Under this administration, our youths are being supported across different sectors. I do hope this will continue and things will get much better for the youths constituency.

“It is quite disheartening that the dying PDP in which I toiled day and night failed to take the youth into account. They failed to recognise that the future belongs to youths. On this note, I have come to terms with making a bold statement and joining hands
with the true progressives in the APC in order to actualise my dreams and make
positive changes in the lives of my people.

“Consequently, after a round of prayers with my creator, my family, supporters and well-wishers, I, Amb. Akanbi Ilyas Shola hereby announce my defection from the
Peoples Democratic Party(PDP) while I formally express my intention to join the
ruling All Progressives Congress, to make positive changes for my people and Nigeria at large.”



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