Following the defection of a former Vice President, Abubakar Atiku from All Progressive Congress, APC to the People’s Democratic Party, PDP the Governor of Kwara State, Alhaji Abdulfatah Ahmed, has said he and the Senate President, Bukola Saraki, would not join the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP.
Ahmed stated that he and Saraki were committed to using the Apc to serve people in the country and will not default.
APC Will Always Be A Platform For Us To Serve- Ahmed, Saraki
He made this known in his address to newsmen in Abuja.
“When you are already working towards achieving a result , you will want to see that the result gets to the people before you will begin to say you want to jump boat.”
“We don ’t have any reason to jump boat for now. Don’t forget that we left the PDP because we had reasons to do so. We don’t have reasons to leave now. We have reason to see that service delivery is given to the people.”
“We are committed to ensuring it gets to the people. When I used the word ‘we,’ it is inclusive of the Senate President. We are fully committed to using the instrumentality of the APC to deliver service to the people and we have a strong direction.”
“It will be foolhardy to abandon that, leave and go and start all over again. When I say ‘we,’ I am talking about the political group in Kwara.”
Ahmed further said that they had a reason to leave the PDP as at the time they left but had no reason to defect from the APC for now.
Ahmed also spoke at the National convention of the PDP, “No, their convention was not a threat.”
“In fact, I expect that they should organise themselves because we require a vibrant opposition. Don’t forget that it is when there are checks and balances in the system that allow you to see areas of deficit and improve on what you are doing.
“Without a viable opposition, we may likely not be able to see what we are doing wrong. You know the system is full of people that will always tell you what you want to hear but from the perspective of the opposition, you will begin to see clear areas that require adjustment and improvement. For me, there coming on board is a welcome development.”
The governor further explained that it would be foolhardy of him to run the state independent of the Senate President or any other person that had contributions to make.
Ahmed said, “Kwara State Government is run under institutional frameworks that are working. I was part and parcel of my predecessor’s administration. I was part and parcel of the policy formulation which formed the bedrock of what I am driving in the state today.”
“It will be foolhardy to say I want to run the state independent of his input. It will also be foolhardy to say I want to run independently of others that have things to contribute to the state.”
“What makes good governance is inclusiveness. Traditionally, people are used to seeing sitting governors fighting their predecessors and sitting Presidents fighting their predecessors. That has robbed us of continuity, improvement and upscaling.”
“We keep forgetting that governance is about service delivery. We believe that as far as governance is about the people of the state, we will continue to work together because it was under his administration I understood politics, policy formulation and service delivery.”
“It will be foolhardy for me to begin to run independently of his opinion and input as well as those before him.”
“We have for once made Nigerians see the benefit of continuity. If this can be translated to what we do at the national level, Nigeria will be better off for it.”