Victor Akinkuolie, Ado Ekiti
A lawmaker under the banner of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in the Ekiti State House of Assembly, Hon. Olanrewaju Olayanju, has defected to the All Progressives Congress(APC), citing cases of division and lack of decorum in his former party to justify his action.
Speaking at a Press Conference in Ado Ekiti on Thursday, Olanrewaju who represent Emure state constituency in the house of assembly, said he took the action because the PDP is no longer a vehicle under which the dream of making his constituents better can be realised .
He was accompanied by the Speaker of the House of assembly, Mr. Adeniran Alagbada ,the State chairman of All Progressives Congress (APC), Barrister Paul Omotoso and his Deputy, Mr. Sola Elesin.
He described the suspension slammed on seven members of the assembly , including himself, by the PDP State Working Committee (SWC) as exercise in futility, saying only the National Working Committee can exercise such power .
The Gboyega Oguntuase-led SWC had last week suspended the lawmakers for alleged anti party activities.
Olanrewaju , chairman, House Committee on Environment, said : “I was not coerced by anybody to join APC. I joined on my own.
” When I wanted to start politics, I began with PDP and now that the party had shattered, I have to move to a better party”.
He said he did not join APC because of fight over return ticket, declaring that he was no longer interested in representing a party that has been personalised by an individual.
“Also, since governor Kayode Fayemi came on board, he has initiated projects that make people happy. On this strength, I, Hon Olanrewaju Olayanju hereby declare my total loyalty to the APC led government and the party with immediate effect”.
The lawmaker added that he will work assiduously for the success of President Muhammadu Buhari and other APC candidates in the coming elections.
In his response, the Speaker, said the fact that former governor Ayodele Fayose campaigned against the senatorial candidate of the party in the south district, Senator Biodun Olujimi was enough reason for people to leave the PDP.
He said he has no reason to declare Olanrewaju’s seat vacant, saying he has not breached any law to warrant such a move.