By Victor Akinkuolie, Ado-Ekiti
Ahead of the December 2, local government elections in Ekiti State, the State Governor, Mr. Biodun Oyebanji on Tuesday joined the State Chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Paul Omotoso and other prominent leaders of the party to welcome about 200 card-carrying members of the Peoples’ Democratic Party (PDP) in Efon Local Government area of the state who officially defected to the All Progressives Congress (APC).
The decampees received at the APC Party Secretariat in the local government included former Commissioner for Local Government and Chieftaincy Affairs, Mr. Femi Ige; former PDP Women leader in the local Government, Lucia Adetunji and the PDP House of Assembly candidate in the last Assembly polls, Pastor Stephen Olusola, among others.
Receiving the decampees at the APC Party secretariat in Efon Alaaye, Governor Oyebanji welcomed and congratulated them for joining the ruling party with an assurance that they would not regret their action.
Describing many of the decampees as leaders and solid members of the PDP, the Governor assured them that the APC would provide equal opportunities and privileges for both old and new members, adding that the party doors are still open for others to join.
While calling on existing APC members to welcome the decampees with open arms, the Governor enjoined all members of the party to remain united in order to continue to move the wheel of progress of the State forward.
Speaking on behalf of the decampees, Pastor Stephen Olusola attributed their decisions to join APC to the good leadership style and excellent performance of the Governor, adding that his achievements in less than one year in office was monumental.
While assuring the Governor and the leadership of APC of their maximum support and loyalty, Olusola added that many other PDP members, in their large numbers, would soon join the All progressives Congress.