By Mosunmola Ayobami, Kwara
The Immediate past Chairman of Ekiti Local Government Area in Kwara State, Yinka Dallas has said that his defection to the All Progressives Congress (APC) last Saturday was not to aide his contest for any political office in 2023.
He said he joined the performing governor of the state, AbdulRahman AbdulRazaq to contribute his quota to the development and growth of his people as well as his local government area.
Dallas stated this while fielding questions from newsmen shortly after a press conference held at the Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ) in Ilorin on Thursday.
“It will not be good to stay somewhere and throw pebbles. it’s Kwara first. The more reason I joined the ruling party APC.
“2023 is still very far. For now I have no intention to contest for any political office nor do my defection for that purpose. Earning the governor’s trust depend on him and his people.
“It is, therefore, preposterous to posit that I, Comr. Yinka Dallas was forced to defect to the APC under the able leadership of Governor Abdulrahman Abdulrazaq.
“I am too pragmatic to be forced into any decision. No thoroughbred Comrade can be forced, blackmailed or cajoled to do what he is not truly or progressively convinced about, except relying on independently verifiable parameters..
“It would be recalled that I was the last of the 16 local government chairmen who defected to the APC. it was because of my then ongoing wide consultations,” he said.
He applauded the giants strides of the governor in the area of youth empowerment via the social investment scheme. He implored the governor to consider his local government as a potential industrial agriculture settlement that would further enhance his commitment to creating jobs for the teaming youths and grow the state’s economy.
“This is considering the huge agricultural endowments and strategic position of Ekiti-Kwara as gateway to at least three (3) neighboring States to Kwara.
“Myself, like other staunch supporters of Gov. AbdulRazaq have no doubt that his tempo of great leadership of our state will not only be sustained but increased; that the gains of the change Kwarans sought would be maximized optimally,” he added.