By Jubril Bada
The All Progressives Congress (APC) yesterday received defectors from the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Ondo State.
The defectors across the state include former State House of Assembly member, Adeyinka Banso, Charles Adedare, Femi Akinwehinmi, Onibalusi Boro, and Dele Fagoriola.
They were accompanied by their supporters to the APC Secretariat in Akure.
Speaking on behalf of other defectors, a former member of the state 7th House of Assembly, Adeyinka Banso, said they dropped PDP because the leadership of the party has lost focus and vision.
He noted that the moment PDP picked a presidential candidate from the northern extraction, he decided to drop the party because it was a breach of agreement.
Banso said: “We are here to declare our unreserved and total support for APC. We declare total loyalty to our party leader, our Governor, Arakunrin Oluwarotimi Akeredolu, and State Chairman, Mr. Ade Adetimehin.
“Our quest to drop visionlessness informed our defection to the progressive party.
“If I stay in PDP, I won’t get the opportunity to represent my people to do what will be beneficial to them.Joining APC, I can heave a sigh of relief.
Receiving the PDP chieftains, the State Chairman of the APC, Adetimehin stated that the chieftains were strong members of PDP, giving his party a run for its money at every election.
He assured the defectors of equal treatment in the party, saying they are all entitled to goodies available in the party.
According to him, “I am the most happy man today. These are shakers and movers of Ondo politics.
“Politics is about grassroots, these gladiators are grassroots politicians popular among their people
“These are men who usually gave us tough time in the various units, wards and constituencies during the elections.
“They are going to add value to our party a great deal.
“With their defection, we are sure of winning the Assembly election in their various units, wards and constituencies.”