Over 5,000 members of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, led by a former Commissioner in Ekiti State, Chief Dele Okeya, have joined the All Progressives Congress, APC.
The APC held a rally in Emure-Ekiti, at the weekend, where the defectors from ten wards in the local government council were received into their new party by the state APC Chairman, Jide Awe, who was represented by his Deputy, Mrs. Kemi Olaleye.
Leaders who received Okeya and others into the APC include the Ekiti South Senatorial Chairman, Mr. Kayode Babade; State Publicity Secretary, Mr. Taiwo Olatunbosun; former House of Representatives member, Dr. Ife Arowosoge; former deputy governorship candidate, Alhaja Mariam Ogunlade, among others.
Okeya, who is an in-law to the former Chief of Staff to former President Goodluck Jonathan, Chief Mike Oghiadomhe, said he had to leave the PDP because the umbrella party has been taken over by those he described as “criminals, crooks, rogues and ragamuffins.”
He said the PDP in Ekiti lacks internal democracy and has become a “one-man show and sole proprietorship in which the governor has hijacked the functions of the deputy governor, speaker, secretary to the state government, chief of staff and state party chairman.
“The disenchantment I had with the PDP is that it has lost focus and direction. We built the party from scratch and by the grace of God we made it an election-winning platform but the leadership lost direction. Rogues, criminals and ragamuffins have hijacked the party; there is lack of internal democracy and it was imposition galore.
“In fact, they have willingly subverted the constitution of the party, abandoned its manifesto and that type of party cannot produce good governance. They are so selfish, self-centred and internal conflict resolution mechanism has been abandoned. They don’t obey any rules again and it is a party of anything goes; it is a party of impunity and their impunity has driven Nigeria to where it is today.
“You can see the crowd that is joining the APC with me, we are over 5,000 and more are still coming. With me in APC now, PDP cannot win any election here again.”
Awe described Okeya as a grassroots politician who would add value to the APC. He explained that all those who are joining the party would be accorded all the privileges due to them.
He urged APC members to continue to work on other PDP members with a view to winning them over to their broom party.
Babade said Okeya is now a progressive, adding that the ideals of the APC is to provide good governance.
Olatunbosun said the party despite being in the opposition in Ekiti is waxing
stronger everyday, stressing that it would not rest on its oars until it wins back power to offer quality leadership to Ekiti people.


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