By Jubril Bada
A chieftain of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, and former lawmaker who represented Akoko North-West Constituency 1, in the Ondo State House of Assembly, Mr. Yinka Banso, has attributed his defection to the ruling All Progressives Congress, APC, in the state to lack of transparency and internal democracy within the opposition PDP.
It would be recalled that the PDP chieftain led his supporters and other party leaders to join the ruling APC last week.
The State chairman of APC, Ade Adetimehin, received the decampees into the party on behalf of the Governor of Ondo State, Oluwarotimi Akeredolu and the National Chairman of the party.
Speaking at the weekend, the 7th Assembly lawmaker particularly lauded the state Governor, Oluwarotimi Akeredolu, for his sterling leadership quality, saying the achievements across all sectors of the economy in the state are commendable.
Banso said he and other leaders as well as thousands of his supporters have decided to join hands with the Governor, the state APC chairman, Ade Adetimehin and other party leaders to achieve more successes in the state.
He promised to work for victory of the APC in the next Saturday State Assembly election in the state.
The former lawmaker promised to add value to the ruling APC, just as he appreciated the state leadership of the party for receiving them into their fold.
He equally hailed the emergence of Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu as the President-elect, saying the former Lagos State Governor will bring a lot of hope, comfort and transformation to all Nigerians.
Banso who said Governor Akeredolu has been able to lead the APC well in the state as a leader of the party, also attributed the landslide victory of the party in the last Presidential and National Assembly elections to the unprecedented achievements of the governor across all sectors.
He noted that his former party, the PDP ran foul of the principles of fairness, justice and equity by picking its presidential candidate from the North after the North has gotten 8-year shots, stressing that such a move is not fair to other region, particularly the Southern region.
“The party (PDP), definitely from the happenings in the last two-three years, is not prepared to come back into government”, he said.
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