Many supporters of Governor Dapo Abiodun of Ogun State and his predecessor in office, Senator Ibikunle Amosun, on Friday, deserted to the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), in front of the 2023 general decisions.
They were received into the party at a rally held inside the premises of the party’s secretariat in Abeokuta, by the State Chairman, Hon. Sikirullahi Ogundele, with a confirmation that they would be accommodated into the fold within any obstacles.
The defectors left the All Progressives Congress (APC) and proclaimed their support for the governorship candidate of the PDP, Hon. Oladipupo Adebutu.
The decampees were led by the former Deputy Speaker of the state House of Assembly, Hon. Tola Banjo from Amosun’s group; Saka Ahmed from the Osoba bunch and Yinka Asaye from Abiodun’s group.
Other decampees include the governorship candidate of LP in the 2019 election, Modupe Sanyaolu, and former councilors under the Amosun – led administration between 2016 – 2019.
Ogundele while giving over the party’s flag to the decampees, stated the windstorm of defections as symbolic, historical, and a partnership that would take PDP to Oke Mosan in 2023.
He encouraged members of the party to guarantee the victory of the party at the polls for all its candidates.
The governorship candidate said the current administration had failed the people of the state, because of insecurity, inadequate infrastructure, and lack of quality healthcare services among others.
He assured the decampees of fairness, saying “everyone has equal rights in this party and our Permanent Voters Card (PVC) is our way to freedom”.
“We all know that all is not well with governance in Ogun state. Don’t be deceived by this government, we are going to give them the Osun treatment”, Adebutu said.
In his remarks, the deputy governorship candidate of the party, Hon. Abdulkadir Akinlade said PDP will not only defeat APC in 2023 but also send the party into early retirement.
Akinlade said, “There is a lot of happening now across the state, what is happening is what they call transfer window in the EPL, but don’t be bothered by their (APC) moves, they are only recruiting expired politicians into their party.
“We are not going to struggle with them (APC), we are going to beat them and ensure that we relegate them come 2023.”