About 3, 400 members of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) in the oil rich Ilaje local government area of Ondo State on Sunday defected to the All Progressive Congress (APC).
Led by Prince Glory Okuntade, the defectors said they were leaving PDP, which they described as Egypt, to Canaan which is APC, because of the mismanagement that the party has plunged the country into for the past 16 years that they were in the saddle.
Aside Okuntade, other leaders of the defectors included former political and party office holders, including Messrs Timi Olowofoyeku, Dele Asogbon, Ademibo Okuntade and Festus Ademuwagun, Chiefs Ebini Idowu and Oronla Adebanjo. Okuntade, who spoke on behalf of other defectors, said they have nothing to show their teeming supporters in the coastal community and the only oil producing community in the state the development that their membership of PDP had brought to them.
A leader of the party who was also the PDP governorship candidate in the last election in the state, Chief Olusola Oke 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.” Oke, who was a former Legal Adviser of the party, said the change that has taken root at the Federal level would soon be berth in the state in the next year governorship election and the local government later in the year when elevations are held for the third tier of government.