The chairman of the Kwara State chapter of the Advance Peoples Democratic Alliance (APDA), Engineer Yinusa Afolabi has said that although he was once a member of the Gbemisola Ruqayah Saraki (GRS) structure, he is no longer on the same page politically with the senator.
Afolabi maintained that the his decision to join APDA was not to work for Gbemisola by proxy adding that the project was born out of a genuine concern to wrestle the state out of the present politically system for better treatment for the citizens.
The former commissioner for works in the state was a former chieftain of the Allied Congress Party of Nigeria (ACPN and a loyalist of Senator Gbemisola Saraki.
According to him, although he was a formal loyalist of Gbemisola Saraki, the APDA project was not the brain child of the senator but rather the need and conviction to provide a viable and better alternative where politicians in the state can actualise their aspirations for the benefit of the long suffering masses in the state.
On the issue of female governorship candidate for the 2019 gubernatorial election in the state, Afolabi clarified that the party in line with its mandate to provide a better alternative is open to everybody including males, females, youths, among others who have the capacity and wherewithal to take the state out of the doldrums.
“Yes, I was a former loyalist of Gbemisola but that was then and this is now. We no longer operate on the same page politically and I have since moved on. The APDA project is not that of Senator Gbemisola and we are not working for him by proxy. She has absolutely no input or influence in our decision.
“Like I said, APDA was born out of the need to reawaken the consciousness of our great nation and by extension Kwara State, by introducing and pursing the singular agenda of inclusive governance and citizens participation in the democratic process.
“The party is a revolution in Kwara state because people are tired of the kind of governance for many reasons. It provided that alternative platform people have been looking for in the state to contest election.
“This party has given more opportunity for female participation more than any other party. We have about 30 per cent available for interested female aspirants, 25 percent for the youths and 5 percent for the disabled. Hence we have given the younger ones the platform and opportunity to contest election.