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PDP candidate receives APC defectors, vows to unseat Aiyedatiwa

Over 1,000 members of the ruling All Progressives Congress in Ondo State, on Wednesday, introduced their defection to the Peoples Democratic Party.

The defectors, from the 208 wards and the 18 native authorities areas of the state, stated they have been able to work for the governorship candidate of the PDP, Mr Agboola Ajayi, to win the November 16 governorship election.

Their promise didn’t, nevertheless, hassle the Lucky Aiyedatiwa Campaign Organisation Foot Soldiers, as its spokesman, Mr Kayode Fasua, described the defectors as political jobbers who underwent costume rehearsal to please their paymasters.

The PUNCH stories that the marketing campaign for the governorship election in Ondo State, as introduced by the Independent National Electoral Commission, started on June 19.

At a rally held on the Akure city corridor on Wednesday, the defectors have been acquired by Ajayi and the state management of the PDP.

Welcoming them into the social gathering, Ajayi stated there had been struggling, starvation and anger within the land, following the alleged maladministration of the APC-led authorities within the state.

The former deputy governor stated if voted into energy in November, he would offer the folks of the state with a greater various, saying the PDP was able to reposition the state for the higher.

He urged the brand new members to affix fingers with different members and work for the PDP to win the forthcoming ballot.

“We are working very arduous to regain the state and we have to be strategic about it to emerge victorious within the November 2024 election, as a result of the folks of the state are trying as much as us.

“As new members, I assure you of all rights, same with members of our party. We will ensure that you benefit from every opportunity regarding the welfare of members without sentiments,” he stated.

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In his remarks, the State Chairman of the PDP, Mr Tola Alabere, stated the umbrella of the PDP was broad sufficient to accommodate extra members, as he assured the defectors of equal remedy and equity.

“I am confident that his election will mark a rapid growth in the state and you are welcome to join this moving train as partners to reposition the state toward development,” Alabere stated.

Speaking on behalf of the defectors, the previous APC Organising Secretary in Akure South Local Government, Akinwande Fayinminu, stated they determined to depart the ruling social gathering following an alleged lack of inside democracy.

“The APC lacks internal democracy, a reason the party is factionalised. Since it came into power, leaders have not integrated many members. They are operating the party like an occult. We can’t stay in such a party any longer,” Fayinminu said.

Fasua, nevertheless, waved off the power of the defectors, saying they have been rented.

“The crowd on the so-called PDP rally in Akure at present was largely rented. This was amplified by the ugly spectre of individuals preventing over service cash, after the jamboree.

“No doubt, campaigns are simply beginning and the joyful folks of Akure, who’re impressed with the masses-oriented programmes of Governor Lucky Aiyedatiwa, will troop out en mass to indicate gratitude as soon as the APC campaigners mount the stump.

“Those who reportedly stated starvation chased them from APC to PDP are mere political jobbers, who underwent costume rehearsal to please their paymasters.

“They will soon be seen lobbying to play the same role, using the other side of the coin, when another political party comes to town for campaigns,” he stated.

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