Aggrieved faction of the Kwara State chapter of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) on Friday, took to the major streets in Ilorin, the Kwara State capital in protest against the domination of the former Senate President, Dr. Abubakar Bukola Saraki.
The protesters popularly known as PDP Redemption Group drawn from 193 wards of the state, decried the attempt of Senator Bukola Saraki to recognise the factional congress in the state apart from authentic ward congress conducted at various wards.
The protesters in large were seen holding banners and placards with different descriptions while chanting “No to Saraki dominance”.
In a statement signed and issued by the leader of the group, Lawal Nurain (Omoyoruba) which was made available to newsmen in Ilorin, Kwara State Capital after the press conference said the group distancing itself from the impunity which has become the norm in the Saraki political dynasty.
“The attempts to turn the landlords to tenants in their own house is not only misdirected but to be resisted through all means permissible by the laws of our Party and those of the land,” the statement said.
They blamed the recent woes befalling the party on the inordinate ambitions of a clique working against the interest of majority of the Party members across the 193 wards, stressing that the party cannot watch such people preside over another full blown electoral humiliation again.
“We stand by the outcomes of the ward congress freely held across the 193 wards by the members of our Party.
“We reject the kangaroo arrangements called a factional congress by the Saraki tendency as we urge the National Secretariat of our Party to give primacy to the survival of our Party ahead of individual’s interest.
“We commend our members for their resolute position to defend our Party and avoid it’s final burial by those elements bent on imposing their will to the detriment of the majority, the aggrieved group stated.