Elected and appointed political office holders at the local government levels under the immediate past Peoples Democratic Party government led by Ayodele Fayose on Tuesday defected to the All Progressives Congress.
The defectors numbering about 500 from across the 16 council areas of the state included political office holders during Fayose’s first and second terms in office.
Kehinde Aduloju from Ado Local Government, who spoke on behalf of the defectors at the event which held at Government House Pavilion, said their decision defect to the APC from PDP was due to Governor Kayode Fayemi’s sterling leadership qualities.
Aduloju regretted that the PDP did not really bring political dividends to them, “but empty promises under the immediate past administration”.
The former PDP chieftain, who said the occasion marked the emptying of the PDP officially, added:
“Today, bigwigs like Senator Raji Rasaki, Prince Dayo Adeyeye, Hon Adeniran Alagbada, Gboyega Aribisogan, Sunday Akinniyi, and many others are in the APC. To us, the PDP had become an empty camp with a few relevant politicians to confront the APC.
“We have nothing to fear in the APC because the way Prince Adeyeye was given the APC senatorial ticket a few days after defection shows that the APC remains a good party.”
The Ekiti State House of Assembly Speaker, Adeniran Alagbada, who received the defectors on behalf of the APC leadership and Fayemi, assured them that they would not be discriminated against as the APC operates an open door policy, which places equality in ranks and opportunities between the old and new members.
The Speaker assured them that all their outstanding severance allowances since 2003 would be paid in line with the promise made by Governor Fayemi, which he said was part of the reasons for the defection.
Alagbada said: “I have spoken with Governor Fayemi, he had assured me that he would put smiles on your faces. You struggled hard under the PDP led government of Governor Fayose, but nothing was done.” – Punch
– Dec. 11, 2018 @ 18:15 GMT |