- PDP has suffered another setback in Ogun state ahead of 2019 elections
- The former ruling party lost 4 of its lawmakers to APC, ADC
- A member of APC, Harrison Adeyemi, however, dumped his party and joined PDP
The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has suffers another blow as four of its member in the Ogun state House of Assembly defected to the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) and African Democratic Party (ADC).
NAIJ.com gathered that the speaker of the House, Suraj Adekunbi, read the separate letters of defection by the lawmakers during the plenary session in Abeokuta on Thursday, August 16.
Adekunbi who represents Yewa north 1 state constituency, said that this was the first time the Assembly would be receiving such a high number of defection letters.
He said the Assembly received only three such defection letters in the last dispensation.
The News Agency of Nigeria reports that two of the lawmakers - Akintayo Folakemi (Yewa south) and Ojo Viwanu (Ipokia/Idiroko) defected from the Peoples Democratic Party to the All Progressives Congress.
He said that Jemili Akingbade (Imeko Afon) and Atanda Razaq (Yewa north 11) also left the PDP for the Africa Democratic Congress (ADC).
A member of APC, Harrison Adeyemi (Ogun Waterside), however, defected to PDP.
Speaking to NAN after her defection to the APC, Folakemi commended the ideology of her new party as well as Governor Ibikunle Amosun for ensuring rapid development in the state.
She said the major reason for her defection was for her to be part of the Ogun west for governor campaign.
“I am an Ogun west person and whatever will make my people happy is what I will go for. Whatever is done that concerns Ogun west, I must be part of it,” she said.
She stated that it was high time somebody from the zone became the governor of the state, adding that this had eluded the zone since the creation of the state 42 years ago.
Folakemi promised to continue to do her best in ensuring that the dividends of democracy got to the nook and crannies of her constituency.
Some of the PDP lawmakers, who defected, hinged their decision on the crisis and division within the party at the state level. (NAN)
Meanwhile, NAIJ.com had previously reported that Senator Ayogu Eze, a former lawmaker and 2015 Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) governorship aspirant in Enugu state defected to the All Progressives Congress (APC).
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Before moving to the APC, Eze had engaged in intensive consultations with political associates and stakeholders in Enugu and the ruling party.
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