By: Ademola King Lawal
No fewer than a thousand of African Democratic Congress ( ADC ) members in Oluyole Local government of Oyo State defected to Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) on Friday at the party secretariat, Idi Ayunre.
The mass movement of ADC leaders and members in Oluyole local government areas was described as right decision made at a time when governor Seyi Makinde needed more value hands for the repositioning of the state from local level.
In his welcome address, the local government chairman of PDP, Alh Mukaila Adegbola, thanked the defectors for the bold steps taken and pledged to fully integrated them into the PDP family.
The State Secretary of PDP, Alh Wasiu Adeleke, while addressing the defectors, on behalf of State Chairman of PDP, Alh Omokunmi Mustapha, said the PDP in the State and Oluyole LGA would continue to accord importance to the interest and welfare of members, adding that the defectors would fully integrated into the party.
The Decampees which includes party leaders, ward chairmen, youth and women leaders described Makinde as a true leader who runs an inclusive government with favourable policies said he is a man who always honor agreement and never victimised opposition.
Majority of the defectors are loyalist of Alh Ganiyu Obelomo, Chief Akeem Aiyelagbe, Pa Adeyinka, also National Rescue Movement, NRM, senatorial candidate in Oyo Central Senatorial, Pst Remi Adedapo and eminent radio presenter Mr Waheed Akintayo (Ilumonka).
Receivers of the decampees, Deputy Chief of Staff to the Oyo State Government Hon Olawale Mogbonjubola, Pst Remi Adedapo noted that the decision of ADC,NRM big wigs in Oluyole is based on their beliefs that, Makinde and PDP has a good plan for the people of the state as well as the experience and ability to turn the fortune of the state around.
In his remark, the State PRO, Engr Akeem Olatunji, urged party supporters in Oluyole LGA to receive the defectors with open arms.
Other PDP state Excos presents are Financial Sec; Mr Ariola Akeem, Youths Leader; Asiwaju Adekola Adeoye, Assistant Organizing Sec; Mr Popoola and South- West PDP Auditor; Engr Ayuba Balogun.
Also in attendance were the Caretaker Chairmen from Oluyole LG; Hon Olaide Popoola and Akorede LCDA; Hon Kazeem Wahab and Liaison Officer for Oluyole Federal Constituency; Hon Olumide.