Victor Akinkuolie, Ado Ekiti
No fewer than hundred notable members of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and loyalists of former governor Ayo Fayose, in Igbimo Ekiti and his home town Afao Ekiti at the weekend dumped the party and decamped to the rulling All Progressives Congress (APC).
The defectors were led by Fayose’s ardent supporter, Chief Michael Bolawole Ojo and other PDP bigwigs in the local government at a colourful ceremony which took place during a ward meeting of the party held in Igbemo Ekiti.
An APC House of Assembly candidate in the constituency, Mr Hakeem Jamiu and other arty stalwarts in the local government while receiving the defectors, urged them to be dedicated to the party’s principles and ideals.
Jamiu assured that nobody will discriminate against them and that they should make sacrifices for the party to overcome the challenges ahead of the 2019 elections.
The former Senior Special Assistant to Governor Kayode Fayemi on Research and Documentation, stressed that the party would not treat any defector as new member, saying that their contributions towards the upliftment of the party would prove their worth.
Jamiu said: “I promise to facilitate people oriented projects that will have direct positive impacts on the socio-economic life of the people if elected. Let me assure you, you are here today as full fledged members, who can enjoy all privileges”.
Jamiu described Fayemi as a politician exemplary in thought and uncompromising in action, adding that within 100 days of his stay in office, the people have witnessed new lease of life with his decisive actions aimed at accelerating standard of living of the people.
” I want to assure our farmers that I will facilitate Long term loans and provide incentives for them to expand production of Igbemo rice and other agricultural produce”
The Ebira Community in the town had also vowed to work and ensure that the party wins all elections in the 2019 polls so that they can continue witnessing and enjoying more dividends of good governance.
The leader of the defectors, Bolawole Ojo, who explained that PDP has become a “deserted party with little or no political substance” , said he joined APC because of the laudable success story and progressive policies of the party.
He expressed his readiness to work assiduously for victory of all the party candidates in the coming elections.
Ojo pointed out that “APC’s Assembly flag bearer in this constituency for the March election stimulates our decision to dump PDP, because the APC candidate is a grassroots politician with special focus in providing services to humanity.
“Only the APC at all levels of governance could actualise our yearnings and aspirations, when it assumes power after this year National and State Assembly elections in the area, that is why we are working hard to support him(Jamiu).