Barring any last minute change of plan, some notable chieftains of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, in Ekiti State, including a former acting Governor, Mr Tope Ademiluyi, and ex-envoy to the Republic of Congo under former President Goodluck Jonathan, Princess Jolaade Onipede, would defect to the All Progressives Congress, APC.
Other members who may dump the party include a member of the fourth House of Representatives, Adeyemi Orilele, immediate past Executive Secretary, National Health Insurance Scheme, Dr. Femi Thomas, and a former Special Assistant in the state, Mr. Olayinka.
The list also include a former governorship candidate of the defunct All Nigeria Peoples Party, ANPP, in 2007, Mr Yinka Akerele, Bisi Aloba and a former Commissioner for Finance, Mr Tunji Adeniyi, among others .
One of the intending defectors, who spoke under anonymity because he was not authorised to speak on behalf of the group, said every arrangement has been perfected to ensure their smooth integration into the APC, for the party to be well fortified to confront the PDP in the 2018 governorship election.
“Don’t forget that most of these heavyweight politicians served under Segun Oni’s government, who is now the APC National Deputy Chairman, South. Oni’s effort has begun to yield results. APC is seriously preparing for 2018 and no stone will be left unturned to ensure that we reclaim this state from Governor Ayodele Fayose.
“We have been permanently abandoned in a party we struggled to build. It was not our interest to abandon the party even when we knew we were unduly treated because of our love for it. But as things stand now, we have to take our destinies in our own hands. We cannot continue to be oppressed in a party we invested so heavily to build.
“The likes of our former Chairman, Ropo Adesanya, who produced Governor Fayose in 2003 and former Governor Oni, had left the party. Senator Gbenga Aluko had left while many are aggrieved and will soon leave. Those who defected from Labour Party are now controlling our party and we have no choice than to leave the house for them. But we will know how far they will go with this development”, he stressed.
Publicity Secretary of the APC in the state, Taiwo Olatunbosun, who confirmed the development, said the defectors won’t be treated as new comers, disclosing that a committee had been set up to ensure that defectors are well integrated.
“I am aware of the plan by over 40 PDP bigwigs to defect to our party. We are preparing to receive them, because there is no new comer in our constitution. No progressive political party will shut its doors against intending members, it is against the tenets of democracy. After this defection, I want to tell you that what becomes of the PDP is a carcass. The party will die a natural death in the state. Our mobilisation drive is yielding results. There is no reason for us to be apprehensive because the people that are coming are refined politicians,” Olatunbosun said.

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