Dr. Victor Omololu Olunloyo
By Tunde Sanni
Former governor of the old Oyo State, Dr. Victor Omololu Olunloyo, has formally dumped the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) for the Action Congress of Nigeria (ACN) in the state.
His defection came less than a week after he featured on an Ibadan-based independent radio station, where he confessed that he was tired of being a member of the PDP and would be joining forces with other politicians across the country for the formation of a mega party which he was confident would wrestle power from the PDP at the federal level in 2015.
The former governor who announced his defection in a live radio interview programme, had disagreed with the operational modalities of the beautification policy of the state government.
He maintained that the state government ought to have provided an alternative before pulling down the structures.
He defected to the ruling party in the state with Alhaji Tajudeen Balogun, a former loyalist of the Nigeria’s Ambassador to Syria, Ambassador Taofeek Arapaja.
However, at the defection ceremony, the state Governor, Abiola Ajimobi, in a tacit response to the former governor’s attack on the provision of alternative structure ahead of the demolition exercise, said 27 new locations suitable for market construction had been identified.
Ajimobi said further that all the identified locations would have modern markets on them with a view to putting an end to road side trading in the state.
The governor explained that traders were being asked to vacate the main road to reduce road accidents and to maintain the environmental sanitation of the state capital.
He added that the measure would also put an end to flood disaster in the state and serve as a form of attraction to foreign investors.
He, however, appealed to all traders within Ibadan metropolis to bear with the government over the demolition of illegal structures in the state capital, saying it was an exercise that would benefit the entire people of the state.
While commending those who decamped for their decision to join the progressive camp which he described as the friend of the masses, the governor called on ACN members to embrace them in order to move the party to greater heights.
Speaking at the occasion, Olunloyo called on Ajimobi to expedite action on the markets being constructed for displaced traders, adding that the governor should also continue the demolition of structures that had been constituting nuisance to the aesthetics of Ibadan and the entire state.
Balogun on his part, said they all decided to join the progressive camp because of the giant strides of Governor Ajimobi towards the transformation and repositioning of the state.