Following Saturday’s mass decamp to the All Progressives Congress, another set of Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) locals ditched the opposition party in the oil-producing Ilaje local council of Ondo State last weekend.
Led by Prince Glory Okuntade, the decamping group described the PDP as Egypt, alleging that the party had not been able to make any real difference since it has been in control.
Aside Okuntade, other defectors included former political and party office holders including Messrs Timi Olowofoyeku, Dele Asogbon, Ademibo Okuntade, Festus Ademuwagun, Chief Ebini Idowu and Oronla Adebanjo.
Speaking on behalf of the exodus, Okuntade explained that there was nothing they could show the people of the state as proof of the development that their membership of PDP had brought to them.
Former National Legal Adviser of the PDP and governorship candidate in the 2012 election, Chief Olusola Oke who is now a leader of the APC in the state said the time has come for all Ilaje sons and daughters to dump the PDP which has brought untold hardship to the people in the country.
His words “I am ashamed of being a member of a party that has plunged the country into calamity. With the revelation coming out now, I have to apologise to my teeming supporters and Nigerians that my former party brought Nigeria to her knees.
“The change that has taken over Nigeria will come to Ondo State. This is the time for change in Ondo state. It is not good for this state to be in opposition to the Federal Government. We must be in tandem with the government at the centre.
“We want to take over the government both at the state and local government levels.”
Also, former Head of Service, Ajose Ikudehinbu said the oil producing communities in the state are marginalised by the PDP-led state government hence the need to dump the party for the progressive camp.
He said, “There is nothing that is in Ilaje that we can be proud of as members of the ruling party in the state. I have to congratulate the defectors for joining APC and I admonished other Ilajes to join hands and rescue the state from the grip of Mimiko who had done a lot of injustices to the people of the constituency.”