– At least 6000 members of the APC in Idanre local government area of Ondo state have defected to the PDP
– The defectors say their decision to join the PDP is as a result of the love they have for the party’s governorship candidate in the state, Eyitayo Jegede
– They say the APC candidate Chief Rotimi Akeredolu is not a popular candidate to win the election
At least 6000 members of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Idanre local government area of Ondo state on Thursday, October 13, defected to the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), The Sun reports.
According to the defectors, their decision to join the PDP is due to their love for the party’s governorship candidate in the state, Eyitayo Jegede.
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The defectors also said the APC candidate, Chief Rotimi Akeredolu is not a popular candidate to win the election.
Led by Adebowale Olowoeye, the new PDP members vowed to support Jegede in his desire to rule the state, even as they declared their readiness to work for the PDP ahead of the poll.
It was gathered that in only his Ofosu Onisere ward alone, Olowoeye led 86 former members of the APC to the PDP.
The defectors from Ala ward in the same local government area numbering over 1000 were led to their new party by Bidemi Oladapo, reputed to be one of the most influential members of the APC in the area.
Receiving the defectors, Governor Olusegun Mimiko thanked them for their decision to join hands with true progressives to ensure that the state maintains its model status.
Represented by his Chief of Staff, Dr Kola Ademujimi, Mimiko said the support his government is getting from the people of the area is commendable.
He noted that there are enough signs on ground to suggest that they will extend their support for him to the PDP candidate.
NAIJ.com recalls that Akeredolu, a former Chairman of Nigerian Bar Association (NBA), pulled a total of 669 votes to defeat Segun Abraham who got 635 votes, to pick the APC ticket.
Whereas Jegede emerged candidate of the PDP in its primary held also in Akure, where he polled a total of 760 votes to defeat, Saka Lawal who scored 22 votes.
The Ondo governorship election will hold on November 26.
Source : Naij.comNaij.com