- The ranks of a faction of the PDP in Ogun state is swelling by the day
- No fewer than 1,000 members of the African Democratic Congress (ADC) have joined the Buruji Kashamu-led PDP
- The defectors said they don't want to be left out of the PDP’s victory train
No fewer than 1,000 members of the African Democratic Congress (ADC) in Yewa North local government area of Ogun state have defected from the party and pledged their allegiance to the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).
According to Vanguard, the defectors were led by Pastor Adetunde Joseph from Oungbe Ward, Ita-Oba, Iselu, in Yewa North local government area of Ogun state.
They were received into the PDP when party leaders, including the state chairman, Engr. Adebayo Dayo; the deputy governorship candidate, Dr. Reuben Abati and the director-general of the organisation, Aare Remi Bakare, led others on campaigns in some communities in the area.
Pastor Joseph said he and others decided to leave the ADC because they did not want to belong to a party that does not have a presidential candidate, adding that they also did not want to be left out of PDP’s victory train, which, he said, the PDP presidential candidate, Alhaji Atiku Abubakar and Senator Buruji Kashamu represented.
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Addressing the people, Dayo urged them to support the PDP to restore the state’s lost glory, assuring them that Senator Kashamu was set to “take Ogun state to greater heights,” if elected.
His words: “Senator Kashamu is a successful entrepreneur and a philanthropist of note whose major concern is the welfare of the people. He has performed excellently well as the senator representing Ogun East Senatorial District at the National Assembly.
“He is willing to replicate his selfless performance across the three senatorial districts in Ogun State, if elected. He has documented his plans in a blueprint entitled ‘Road Map To Progress: Taking Ogun State To Greater Heights.’
“As a man of justice, he will ensure all-round development of the state with no preference for any Senatorial District. Simply put, he will ensure equal development in all parts of the state.”
In his remarks, Dr Abati said he was overwhelmed by the massive crowd that welcomed them, adding that he and his principal would run a responsible and responsive government, if elected at the governorship poll on March 9, 2019.
He assured the people that there shall be financial freedom for the local government, adding that this would enhance development at the grassroots.
He also said the issue of cooperative and other deductions will be reviewed in line with the wishes of the people.
Addressing the people, Aare Bakare urged them to use their Permanent Voter’s Card (PVC) to vote for all PDP candidates.
“The Permanent Voter’s Card (PVC) is a powerful instrument with which you can make a difference. You all must have known the difference between our party and others. I am appealing to you, to please vote for our candidates from president to the House of Assembly.
“Transparency, renewal and inclusiveness shall be the principles that shall guide all the policies and programmes of the PDP, if elected. That way, we shall take Ogun state to greater heights and get Nigeria working again,” Aare Bakare said.
Meanwhile, the Kwara state chapter of the All Progressives Congress (APC) has warned the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) against compromising its integrity and neutrality in the execution of its assignment, especially in the deployment of ad-hoc staffers in the state, during the rescheduled 2019 general elections.
The warning was contained in a statement sent to Legit.ng, on Monday, February 18, by the Kwara APC chairman, Hon. Bashir Bolarinwa.
The chairman said the party has received information that those being posted across the state as Electoral Officers (EOs) and Technical Staff were nominated and trained by the PDP.
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