The Speaker, Kwara State House of Assembly, Ali Ahmad,defected alongside 22 other members of the 24-member Kwara State assembly on Wednesday.
This latest defection was widely expected after Senate President, Bukola Saraki, state governor, Abdulfatai Ahmed and top politicians of the state formerly in affiliation with APC, defected yesterday.
The only state lawmaker remaining in the APC is Saheed Popoola, representing Ojomu-Balogun Constituency in Offa Local Government Area.
Reading out a joint letter appended to by all defecting members, Rt. Hon. Alli Ahmad, speaker of the state legislature, stated that the members alleged that their move was informed by factionalisation of the ruling party at the local level.
In his remarks, Mr Ahmad said that the movement to the PDP by the 23 lawmakers became imperative “since the APC has failed to meet the aspirations of Nigerians”.
He alleged that the APC-led federal government was harassing and intimidating top government functionaries instead of tackling the problem confronting the nation.
The speaker announced the removal of Mr Popoola, the only APC member in the House as Chairman, House Committee on information, Youth and Sports and replaced with Abdulrahman Abdulrafiu .