Ekiti State House of Assembly Deputy Majority Leader, who doubles as the Chairman, House Committee on Lands and Housing, Hon Adeniran Alagbada, has dumped the Peoples Democratic Party(PDP) and defected to the All Progressives Congress(APC).
Alagbada, representing Ise/Orun constituency, renounced his membership of the PDP in Ado Ekiti on Tuesday, saying he decided to dump
the PDP based on some lapses noticed in the party.
Alagbada, who addressed a press conference in Ado Ekiti on on Tuesday, said he decided to quit the PDP because the party got it wrong in picking “a wrong choice”, Prof Kolapo Olusola Eleka as it gubernatorial candidate in the state.
The former PDP chieftain, who said he took the decision to dump PDP and join the APC after due consultation with his people said: “ I have consulted my leaders and the good people of my constituency in Ise Orun Local Government that elected me as honourable member of Ekiti State House of Assembly before this press conference on my decision and they approved of it”.
Contrary to how Hon Gboyega Aribisogan was suspended indefinitely for defecting to APC, Alagbada said he had no reason to fret over such action, saying he has the fundamental rights of freedom of association as enshrined in the constitution.
He said: “I have also obtained their full consent before this historic declaration. I’m aware and it is an historical fact that during the 2014 PDP primary, Governor Ayo Fayose promised my constituency, Ise Orun, the governorship after his tenure.
“We were therefore very hopeful when two of our illustrious sons, Prince Dayo Adeyeye and Barrister Owoseni Ajayi came out to show interests to contest for the PDP gubernatorial candidate.
“My constituency was therefore shocked and surprised when none of the two aspirants from my constituency was found worthy of support by the governor.
“Not only did he disdain them but worked ruthlessly to ensure their manipulation out as candidate of the PDP in preference for the Deputy Governor, Prof Kokapo Olusola Eleka who was nowhere when we risked everything to ensure the victory of the governor both at the primary and General Election.
“Prince Dayo Adeyeye and Barrister Owoseeni Ajayi have since left in protest to join the APC. My constituency too who elected me into the
House of Assembly are also aggrieved and have directed me to follow suit with my leaders.
“Consequently, in accordance with the directive of the good people of Ise/Orun constituency of Ekiti State House of Assembly, I hereby
resign as the Deputy Majority Leader of Ekiti State House of Assembly and my membership of the PDP due to irreconcilable breaking into factions of the PDP in Ekiti state following the rancorous gubernatorial primary.
“I also use this Opportunity to announce my defection to the APC forthwith”.