Olunloyo’s daughter, PDP, Accord Reps, others join APC

The gale of defections that hit the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) yesterday spread to Oyo State.

A member of the House of Representatives, two former members on the platform of Accord and Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), a PDP governorship aspirant, a PDP Women leader, former local government chairmen of the PDP and thousands of their supporters joined the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Oyo State.

 They defectors are Hon. Afeez Jimoh, Folake Olunloyo-Osinowo, Tayo Sarumi, Dr. Azeez Adeduntan, Mrs Ayoka Lawani and former Chairman, Iseyin Local Government, Mr Waheed Adeleke, among other party leaders.

They were received at an event at the Mapo Hall in Ibadan yesterday by Governor Abiola Ajimobi  and Osun State Governor Rauf Aregbesola, who represented President-elect Muhammadu Buhari and the National Leader Asiwaju Bola Tinubu.

The defectors said they were leaving their parties for the APC because they discovered that only the APC held hope for and Oyo State in particular.

Hon Olunloyo-Osinowo, daughter of Second Republic Governor Omololu Olunloyo, said all the members of the PDP in Ibadan South West and Ibadan North West had defected to the APC, stating that they identified with progressive ideology and believed that only the party would take the country to the promised land.

“God has deserted PDP and Nigerians have rejected it. That was why we left the party. The APC remains the only party that can take Nigeria to her land of destiny,” she said.

Another former PDP member of the House of Representatives and now a chieftain of the Accord,  Hon. Sarumi, said his former party had become a sinking ship that would meet its waterloo at the governorship polls on Saturday.

Former governorship aspirant Dr. Adeduntan urged the Accord governorship candidate, Senator Rashidi Ladoja to prepare for the Olubadan stool as he would be retired finally from politics on Saturday. He said former Governor Adebayo Alao-Akala should also prepare for his retirement from politics.

Mrs. Lawani said she left the PDP because of the sterling performance of the APC-led government, adding that with the APC occupying the centre in Abuja, there would be quicker development in Oyo State.

Receiving the defectors, Aregbesola said the President-elect and other leaders of the party could not attend the event due to other party engagements. He said they sent their appreciation of the massive votes that the people of the state gave the APC in the presidential/National Assembly elections.

Aregbesola called on state electorate not to identify with the people he called “emergency progressives” whom he said wanted to reap where they did not sow, saying that it had shown that they were fake.

Ajimobi congratulated the defectors for what he called the decapitation of “the sore thumb of Oyo politics”.

Ajimobi debunked “the sinister rumour” that immediately he is re-elected, he would increase hotel tariffs and taxes.

He promised that the old and new members would benefit from the government.

Others at the ceremony were Osun State Deputy Governor Mrs. Titilayo Laoye-Tomori, Mrs. Abiola Ajimobi, former House of Representatives Speaker Patricia Etteh, all senators-elect, House of Representatives-elect and many others.

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