Over 2000 members of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) have defected to the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) in Idanre, Idanre local government area of Ondo state.
The PDP defectors were led by Senator Ayo Akinyelure.
The chairman of the APC in Ondo state, Ade Adetimehin, who received the defectors said the party would continue to rule the state and the country.
Adetimehin boasted that the APC would sweep next year’s governorship election because ‘prominent politicians from the state have dumped the party and joined progressive train’.
He said the party’s electoral successes were due to what he termed developmental feats recorded by the Akeredolu-led administration in the state.
Adetimehin noted: “The next governorship election is not negotiable, we have continued to wax stronger day by day because we have been able to deliver the dividends of democracy to our people and there is no crisis or division in APC in Ondo state.
“I can assure you that within the next couple of months, PDP would have gone into extinction, no leader left in PDP, considering how members of the PDP and their leaders are leaving its fold in droves to join the ruling party.
Senator Akinyelure said he joined the APC because he believed in the prosperity of Nigeria under the administration of President Bola Tinubu.
Akinyelure said: “I am happy to return home. My foundation is progressives and I am back in the fold from the PDP to add value to APC.
“The mood of Ondo state, as clearly expressed in the last general election is to particularly support Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu as the President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria by winning all the 18 Local Government Areas of Ondo State for APC for the first time ever. This shows that Ondo State generally supports the Renewed Hope agenda of President Bola Ahmed Tinubu,
“Therefore, my official decamping to APC today is to join the progressives to come and add value to the successful administration of Bola Ahmed Tinubu, who has been my Political Leader, and Mentor when I started my political career in Lagos, Alimosho Local Government Area and as the Chairman of LARIP, (Lagos State Amenities Restoration and Improvement Project) when Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu was democratically elected as civilian Governor of Lagos State.
“As a progressive politician with track records of people’s welfare and empowerment, I cannot but identify with a political platform that is poised to change Nigeria for good under the renewed hope agenda of President Bola Ahmed Tinubu.
“Therefore my decision and that of all my political followers and stakeholders in Ondo Central and Ondo State in general and particularly in Idanre LGA is hinged on the need to engender good governance in Ondo state, put the state in the mainstream of national politics and foster regional integration and add value to my people in all ramifications under the President Bola Ahmed Tinubu administration.”
By Osagie Otabor
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