Senator Balogun Dumps PDP, Embraces APC In Oyo State - THE DAILY CRUCIBLE



Wednesday, June 15, 2022

Senator Balogun Dumps PDP, Embraces APC In Oyo State

             • Sen Kola Balogun

The Daily Crucible | Wednesday, June 15, 2022

Senator Kola Balogun on Wednesday formally dumped the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) to embrace the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC), citing lack of internal democracy in PDP at the state level for the emergence of leaders and representatives as part of the reasons for the defection.

Similarly, Sen. Eyinnaya Abaribe representing Abia South Senatorial District, has officially resigned membership of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) to join the All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA). His resignation letter was read by the President of the Senate, Ahmad Lawan, at this  Wednesday's plenary. 

Until his resignation, Abaribe was the Minority Leader in the Senate. His letter was titled "Notification for Resignation from Membership of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in the Senate."

However, Senator Balogun who is representing Oyo South Senatorial District, gave notice of defection in a letter addressed to the Senate President, Ahmad Lawan, and read at the start of plenary this morning.

His defection brings the number of APC Senators in the upper chamber to 70.

He said that absence of internal democracy had further led to the existence of several factions and aggrieved groups within the party in Oyo State.  

The letter reads in part: “The decision to resign was informed by the Oyo State Governor’s reign of impunity that had led him into supplanting the constitutional assigned roles of party bureaucrats and party stakeholders and replacing them with unilaterally declared decisions on who and who should emerge as the legitimate representatives of the people.

“This unconstitutional, flagrant and dictatorial procedural breeches for the emergence of leaders and representatives of the people has led to the factionalisation of the party, this breeding several aggrieved groups within the party and mass exodus of key leaders from the party.

“This development has laid the foundation for the failure of the party at subsequent polls and also stand to jeopardize the political future and interest of my people, who had worked assiduously to get me elected in the 2019 February elections.

“Rising from the meeting of the key stakeholders in my district, on 27th April, 2022, my people unanimously decided that I should resign my membership of the People’s Democratic Party as they were ready to also rain and decamp en masse with me to the All Progressives Congress with immediate effect.

“This notification becomes exigency in order to intimate the Distinguished Members of Senate with the recent political developments in the PDP-led administration in Oyo State, and the direction in which my people and I are presently focused.”

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