Victor Ogunje in Ado Ekiti
Former Minister of Works and governorship aspirant in Ekiti State on the platform of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Prince Dayo Adeyeye, has formally joined the All Progressives Congress (APC).
Adeyeye was a minister under President Goodluck Jonathan and recently held the position of the PDP National Publicity Secretary under the Senator Ahmed Makarfi-led Caretaker Committee.
He defectedÂ from the defunct Action Congress (AC)Â to the PDP in NovemberÂ 2006 after losing the primary to Dr. Kayode Fayemi, who was the partyâ€™s candidate for the April 14, 2007 governorship election in Ekiti State.
He recently lost another governorship primary to Fayoseâ€™s deputy, Prof Kolapo Olusola, who polledÂ 1,119 to defeat him after he garneredÂ 771 in the keenly contested election.
Speaking with journalists in Ado Ekiti yesterday, Adeyeye said he took the action on the premiseÂ that he could no longer brook Fayoseâ€™s despotic tendencies in PDP, saying leaving the party would afford him the opportunity to get rid ofÂ pervasive poverty and corruption as typified by the present government.
The former Publicity Secretary of Afenifere, aÂ Pan Yoruba socio-political group, added that he took the bold action after a meeting with the leaders of Prince Adedayo Adeyeye Movement (PAAM) across the 16 local governments areas.
He said he had decided to join Fayemi to rescue Ekiti from the pangs of misrule under Fayose and nothing would stop him from actualising the dream.
â€œMy supporters,Â associates, PAAM and I have finally resolved to join APC with effect from today, May 29 in the celebration of democracy day that some of us fought gallantly to achieve from the military,â€ Adeyeye said.
He stated further:Â â€œExpectedly patriotic leaders of the party appealed to me to reconsider my decision in the light of my previous services and loyalty to the party. But the issue was never about me as a person.
â€œIt was about the interest of the many people who associate with me and more importantly the collective interest and future of Ekiti people. For me politics has always been an opportunity to serve and make contribution towards the development of my community and the country.
â€œTherefore, where I am compelled to make a choice between loyalty to a political party and loyalty to my community, l will readily choose my community or state. Political parties come and go but the community remains. I cannot change my state or hometown but I can always change my party if I feel that it can no longer serve as a vehicle for our collective good as a people.
As a thorough bred Ekiti person with a deep love of this land and the people, it is incumbent on me to resist and stop the evil agenda of one man to put our people in perpetual enslavement. I have said no to Fayoseâ€™s continuity of dictatorship, impunity, imposition, poverty, unprecedented looting of our common patrimony and deliberate debasement of the self esteem of our people.
â€œFor my friends, admirers, patrons and well wishers I want to reiterate that Fayose is an impossible person to deal with. A pompous martinet with a huge ego, he is deliberately divisive and deceitful.
â€œHe does not believe in reconciliation and no effort at reconciliation will work with him.
â€œTherefore after deep introspection and wide consultation with various stakeholders in this state, my supporters and I have decided to leave Egypt which the Fayose administration represents and join hands with patriotic Ekiti people to board the train of the APC for the onward journey to our promised land.
â€œWe are joining forces with eminent Ekiti sons and daughters to free our land from the vulture andÂ predator feeding fat on our common wealth. We want to set our land free and never again shall we entrust our land unto the hands of unknown person with unverifiable pedigree to ride roughshod on our people.
â€œWe have assurances of Fayemi, the APC candidate, that he has come to right the wrong of the past and not on a vengeance mission as being touted by Fayose and his cohorts. He is now better equipped, well focused and better prepared to move Ekiti forward.
â€œLetâ€™s join hands with him in the collective mission to rescue our dear state from the greedy predator in this hour of our greatest need.
This is a call to duty for all patriotic Ekiti sons and daughters,â€ he concluded.