- A former chief whip of the Ekiti state House of Assembly, Sunday Akinniyi, has dumped the PDP for the APC
- Akinniyi said he left the PDP due to Governor Ayodele Fayose’s alleged “high-handedness and disrespect for top leaders of the party
- He said this has led to “internal crisis” and “mass defection” of influential members to the opposition
Sunday Akinniyi, a former chief whip of the Ekiti state House of Assembly, on Tuesday, June 26, defected from the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) to the All Progressives Congress (APC), The Punch reports.
The assembly had, on June 13, suspended Akinniyi, representing Ikere Constituency 2, for alleged terrorism and sleeping through in the last three years.
The lawmakers also barred Akinniyi from the vicinity of the Assembly complex and mandated the Clerk to lodge a formal complaint of threat to lives of members against him to security agencies.
Akinniyi said he left the PDP due to governor Ayodele Fayose’s alleged “high-handedness and disrespect for top leaders of the party.”
He stated that this has led to “internal crisis” and “mass defection” of influential members to the opposition.
“As a democrat, I cannot continue to remain in a party that had been polarized by internal crises because my continued stay will not allow me to effectively represent my people.
“After due consultations with leaders and people of my constituency, I hereby resign my membership of the PDP due to irreconcilable factionalisation of the party in Ekiti following the rancorous governorship primary.governorship primary," he said.
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Meanwhile NAIJ.com had reported a new public opinion poll conducted by NOIPolls pitched Professor Kolapo Olusola, candidate of the PDP in an early 8-point lead over Kayode Fayemi, candidate of the APC.
The poll was conducted between Monday, June 18 and Saturday, June 23, and it sought to assess the preparedness of voters towards the forthcoming governorship election in the state.
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