- A PDP member in Ekiti state, Olakunle Ojo, and his supporters have defected to the APC
- Ojo said he took the decision, because the PDP had lost the capability to advance his political course and that of his followers
- Receiving the defectors, the state APC deputy chairman, described Ojo as an illustrious son of Ado Ekiti, saying he will add value to the party
A Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) House of Representatives aspirant in the last general election, Olakunle Ojo, and his supporters, have defected the party to the All Progressives Congress (APC).
Daily Sun reports that Ojo, son of the first vice chancellor of the National Open University of Nigeria (NOUN), Afolabi Ojo, defected at Ward 11 in Ado Ekiti, on Friday, May 31.
He claimed that the opposition party had betrayed the people and was no longer a good vehicle that could advance his political course and that of his followers.
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Ojo said: “My journey started in PDP, but it will be a very awkward and disappointing one. We were not taken care of. I only took an Israelite journey by passing through the PDP. Let me assure you, I will continue to do my best to promote APC because I believe I have a good future in the party and for the fact that I am a progressive.
“I don’t believe in polarisation, I will ensure that all our people are loyal to Governor Kayode Fayemi and the leaders of the party at all levels."
The defectors were received by APC state deputy chairman, Sola Elesin, APC chairman, Ado local government, Mike Akinleye, and chairman of Ward 11, Adegoke on behalf of the state working committee, chaired by Paul Omotoso.
On his part, Elesin, said the 2022 governorship election would be a work over for the party when Fayemi completes the implementation of his 4-cardinal agenda. He said the governor could only achieve this if the ruling party enjoys stability and unity of purpose among members.
“The leader of the defectors is an illustrious son of Ado Ekiti. His father served Ado Ekiti and Ekiti in general. So, he will add value to us.
"We don’t recognise factions in APC. We are one and an indivisible entity, so don’t create a crisis, because we are all equal."
He added that the new and old members are one. "He want to tell you that all the new joiners will enjoy the same privileges like the old members," he said.
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APC chairman, Ado local government, Mike Akinleye, said the defectors will enjoy the same privileges within the party as old members. He urged them, party members, to have confidence in Governor Kayode Fayemi’s ability to turn around the fortunes of the state by his deep and astute approach to governance.
Recall that Legit.ng reported that Ekiti chapter of the PDP stakeholders attributed the poor performance of the party during 2019 general elections to alleged dictatorial tendency and high handedness of former governor, Ayodele Fayose.
The stakeholders called on the aggrieved members of the party to return, saying they would be given sense of belonging unlike before when elective positions were decided by a single person.
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