By Dayo Oladele,Ado-Ekiti
The All Progressives Congress (APC) Ekiti State weekend depleted the
Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) fold with not less than 5,000 members
led by Chief Dele Okeya,a former Commissioner for Works during the
first tenure of Governor Ayo Fayose,
Okeya led the defectors into the APC at a rally held over the weekend
at Emure Ekiti, headquarters of Emure Local Government Area.
The defectors who came from all the ten wards in the council area were
received into their new party by the state APC Chairman, Chief Olajide
Awe,who was represented by his deputy,Mrs. Kemi Olaleye.
Other leaders who received Okeya into the APC fold included Ekiti
South Senatorial Chairman,Kayode Babade; State Publicity
Secretary,Taiwo Olatunbosun; former House of Representatives
member,Dr. Ife Arowosoge; former deputy governorship candidate,Alhaja
Mariam Ogunlade, among others.
Okeya,who is an in-law to the former Chief of Staff to former
President Goodluck Jonathan,Chief Mike Oghiadomhe,said he had to leave
the PDP because the umbrella party has been taken over by those he
described as “criminals, crooks,rogues and ragamuffins.”
He said the PDP in Ekiti lacks internal democracy and has become a
“one-man show and sole proprietorship in which the governor has
hijacked the functions of the Deputy Governor, Speaker,Secretary to
the State Government, Chief of Staff and State Party Chairman.”
Okeya said: “The disenchantment I had with PDP is that it had lost
focus and direction. We built PDP from scratch and by the grace of God
we made it an election-winning platform but the leadership lost
“Rogues,criminals and ragamuffins have taken hijacked the party; there
is lack of internal democracy and it was imposition galore. No sane
person when one man hijacks every aspect.
“In fact,they have willingly subverted the constitution of the
party,abandoned its manifesto and that type of party cannot produce
They are so selfish,self-centred and internal conflict resolution
mechanism has been abandoned. They don’t obey any rules again and it
is a party of anything goes;it is a party of impunity and their
impunity has driven Nigeria to where it is today.
“You can see the crowd that is joining APC with me,we are over 5,000
and more are still coming. With me in APC now,PDP cannot win any
election here again.”
Awe described Okeya as a grassroots politician who would add value to the APC.
He assured that all those who are joining the party would be accorded
all the privileges due to them.
The party Chairman charged APC members to continue to work on other
PDP members with a view to winning them over to their broom party.
Babade said Okeya is now a progressive saying the ideals of the APC is
to provide good governance.
Olatunbosun said the APC despite being in the opposition is waxing
stronger everyday saying the party would not rest on its oars until it
wins back power to offer quality leadership to Ekiti people.