James Sowole in Akure
Scores of Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) members in Okitipupa Local Government Area of Ondo State in the South Senatorial District yesterday defected to the All Progressive Congress (APC).
The defection of the PDP members, who said the current administration had made life unbearable took the action during the ongoing meeting and consultation that an All Progressives Congress (APC) governorship aspirant in the state,, Chief Olusola Oke, had with delegates in the local government area.
The defectors led by a chieftain, Mr Dare Agbe said they moved to the APC because of good things that Oke had done in the local government and the Senatorial District.
The Chairman of the APC in Okitipupa Local Government, who received the defectors, Chief Wole Akeremale said “the doors of APC are wide open to receive new members.
However, Akeremale, who said the party would not discriminate against any member, advised them to respect constituted authorities.
Addressing the delegates, Oke said the APC had not and would not zone the gubernatorial ticket of the party to any senatorial district in the state
The APC primary said the party’s candidate for the Election would emerge through the party primaries adding that the party would not also impose any of the candidates on the electorate.
Oke, who said the high number of quality aspirants jostling for the APC ticket was as a result of the people’s quest to replace the PDP government in the state and demonstration of internal democracy in APC, said “the choice of the right candidate who can win election for the party lies with the delegates”.
Oke told the delegates that he was well suited for the ticket in view of his wide experience (political and public) and sterling qualities which none of the remaining aspirants could match.
“Already, my ongoing tour of councils has been witnessing defections of people from other political parties, especially PDP, to APC. If I get the APC ticket today, you can imagine what will happen. The PDP will collapse finally into this party.
“I am loved and accepted by the people across length and breadth of the state and across party lines. My emergence will deliver the state to APC.
“And as governor, I will restore the prosperity of the state which the present administration had traded away with its incompetence and lack of ideas and people-oriented policies and projects. I will be committed to the economic wellbeing of the state and its people,” Oke assured. END.