- Two weeks to the gubernatorial and state House of Assembly polls, more waves of defection are hitting the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP)
- The defectors include PDP's former senator Bode Ola, and an ex-lawmaker, Segun Ola alongside their loyalists
- APC chieftains in Ekiti received the former PDP bigwigs and their loyalists during a rally in the Okeyinmi area of Ado Ekiti
A former Peoples Democratic Party (PDP)'s senator, Bode Ola (Ekiti central) and a former House of Assembly member, Segun Ola, led their followers to the All Progressives Congress (APC) on Wednesday, March 6.
APC chieftains in Ekiti received the former PDP bigwigs and their loyalists during a rally in the Okeyinmi area of Ado Ekiti, the state capital, Nigerian Tribune reports.
Speaking on the reason he left the PDP, Senator Ola said: “The way this administration has started revealed that they have the love of the masses at heart.
“The policies they made in the education sector are legendary; I was in charge of SUBEB in the last administration, a sum of 3.5 billion Naira was left untouched.
“Within this short period of time, we can see how this administration has rightfully deployed those resources to facelift our education sector.”
The former Assembly member said that he was drawn to the APC because of Fayemi’s 'reclaiming our land and restoring our value' campaign watchword.
Also, the deputy governor of the state, Otunba Bisi Egbeyemi, receiving the decampees, referred to the APC as ‘masses centric party’ .
Egbeyemi said: “We are happy that you (Senator Bode Ola) is back to our Party and we welcome Honourable Segun Ola. Senator Bode Ola has come back to where he belongs.
“These are men of reputable character, they came from a good family. We brought goodwill to Ekiti people, salaries are now paid as and when due and we have started clearing backlog of salaries owed by the previous administration.
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“Dr Kayode has increased the ten million naira set aside by the previous administration for payment of retirement benefits to one hundred million naira."
Meanwhile, Legit.ng reported that Governor Kayode Fayemi of Ekiti state and his predecessor Ayodele Fayose put their differences aside on Wednesday, March 6, when they embraced each other at a ceremony in Lagos in honour of a legal luminary, Afe Babalola (SAN).
Babalola, who is the founder of Afe Babalola University, was honoured with the 2018 Obafemi Awolowo Prize for Leadership.
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