The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has suffered a loss following the defection of a former minister of sports and special duties, Prof Taoheed Adedoja, to the All Progressives Congress (APC).
The former minister announced his defection from the PDP on Friday, March 29, at his Ikolaba residence in Ibadan, Oyo state.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that Adedoja said he had submitted his letter of resignation from PDP to the party’s national chairman, Uche Secondus.
The former minister explained that his aligning with the APC at this period of Nigeria’s political dispensation was to contribute his best to the needed unity of Nigeria, having built bridges of unity among various socio-political groups in the country.
“I want to align with the federal government of Nigeria to contribute to the good governance the country deserves for our people and for my followers across the country,’’ he said.
Adedoja described Seyi Makinde, the governor-elect of Oyo state, as his brother whom he maintains cordial relationship with adding that he congratulated the latter and wished him God’s guidance in the days ahead when he won the election.
The report quoted the politician as thanking his well wishers, friends and colleagues across the country, who in the course of his academic, professional and political life in different parts of the country, provided him the needed support and encouragement.
Adedoja was the governorship candidate of Action Congress (AC) in the 2007 Governorship election in Oyo state.
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The report said Adedoja’s resignation from the PDP had brought to four the number of national chairmanship aspirants that have resigned from the party.
The others include: Otunba Gbenga Daniel, a former campaign director-general for Atiku Abubakar; Prof Tunde Adeniran, a former BOT member of PDP and former minister of education; and Senator Rashidi Ladoja of Oyo state.
Legit.ng earlier reported how the PDP reportedly suffered a huge loss in Kwara state on Sunday, March 3, as at least 2,500 of its members left its fold and joined the APC.
The defection is coming barely a week to the governorship and House of Assembly elections and just after presidential and National Assembly polls that got Bukola Saraki, the president of the Senate defeated.
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