APC Members in Mass Defection to PDP in Akure North LG

APC to PDPOver 4,000 members of the All
Progressives Congress (APC) members in Akure North Local Government Area
of Ondo State yesterday renounced their membership of the party to join
the ruling Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).
The former members of the APC said they
decided to pitch their tents with the PDP henceforth because of what
they termed the bad reputation of the APC in the state and the hardship
its leadership in the country has inflicted on the people.

Receiving the defectors, the state
Governor, Dr. Olusegun Mimiko, thanked them for their decision to join
hands with true progressives to ensure that Ondo State remains a model
that it has been for other states in the country and the continent.
Represented by the states Commissioner
for Information, Mr. Kayode Akinmade, Mimiko said the APC was planning
to privatise the states facilities provided by the PDP government to
bridge the gap between the rich and the poor.
Mentioning the Mother and Child
Hospitals , Mega schools and Free Bus Shuttle programme as some already
penciled down for privatisation if elected to power, Mimiko said if
allowed to happen, this would defeat the purpose of establishing them.
According to the leader of the defectors
from Ward 9, in the local government, Joseph Owolagba, “It has become
glaring that it will be difficult for any party to meet or surpass the
achievements of the PDP government in the state.”
Continuing he said: “The hardship in the
country is becoming unbearable adding that prices of commodities have
soared beyond the reach of the common man.”
Specifically, he mentioned that motor
engine oil which he used to buy for about N1,800 is now sold for N3,500,
adding also that things have not been this bad in the country, hence
the decision to change camp.
He said the achievements of the
Mimiko-led PDP government in the state and especially in Akure North
local government are enough for any progressive-minded person to
identify with the party insisting that “there is no government in the
state that has touched the lives of the people of the local government
like the present government”
He said the only way that the continuation of this could be guaranteed is to ensure that a PDP government succeed Mimiko.
Apart from the dualised Akure-Oba Ile
-Airport road, Owolagba also mentioned the Sunshine Estate, and the
appointment of the first female Head of Service in the state, Mrs.
Kosemani Kolawole as some of the encouraging deeds of the government
towards the local government.
Also speaking at the event which took
place in Oba Ile, in Akure North local government, where the
Commissioner for Youth and Sport, Mr. Dayo Aude was also present, the
Deputy Chairman of the PDP in the state, Hon. Fatai Adams, praised the
government for his sense of dedication and achievements recorded in the
state and the local government which he said are visible to everybody,
hence the decision of the former APC members to defect to the PDP.
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