203 Councillors Defect From PDP To APC In Ondo

No fewer than 203 Councillors has defected from People’s Democratic Party PDP to All Progressive Congress APC in Ondo State.

The Councilors defected to APC with their supporters across the 18 local government areas of Ondo State.

The defectors included former vice chairmen of the 18 local governments and 203 councillors across the 18 council areas.

They left PDP under the auspices of the Ondo Forum of Vice Chairmen and Councillors.

The defection ceremony held at the Secretariat of the APC in Akure on Tuesday.

The Coordinator of the forum, Mr Oyeyinka Akosile, hinged their decision on “the exceptional leadership of Governor Rotimi Akeredolu.”

“We will work tirelessly to make the APC a much stronger party together,” the defectors’ leader promised.

The Ondo State APC Chairman, Mr Ade Adetimehin, thanked the defectors for choosing the APC as their new political home.

Adetimehin encouraged them to be exemplary leaders at their various wards, emphasising that the party belonged to everyone.

He assured the defectors that they would not regret their decision.

The chairman said, “I want to appeal to you to actively promote the achievements of Governor Akeredolu within your respective constituencies.

“We don’t discriminate in the APC; all of us are brothers and sisters in one big family.

“You are welcome,” he said.

The Ondo PDP Chairman, Fatai Adams, said the party was not perturbed by the mass exodus from its folds.

Adams, who described the defectors as political jobbers seeking ‘daily bread’ in the ruling party, said he believed they would soon return to the PDP.

Adams said, “When a party loses in a big election like the presidential election, such defections are bound to happen. Some are leaving, some are coming in. That is politics. Some of them are on a voyage to search for political relevance or ‘daily bread’.

“When the ‘daily bread’ is not coming, they will come back. We have no cause to worry over the defection. What is the contribution of those defectors in the last election? We will bounce back in the state.”

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