2023: APC Receives 2000 Defectors in Governor Makinde’s Local Government
By Ozumi Abdul
As the preparations for the 2023 general elections intensify, not less than 2,000 members of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) and Social Democratic Party (SDP) in Ona-Ara Local government of Oyo State over the weekend defected to All Progressives Congress (APC).
The PDP defectors were led by Victor Akinjide, while Elder Kalejaye led the SDP defectors during the APC meeting at Elekuro High School, Ogbere in Ona-Ara Local Government.
Other prominent APC leaders at the meeting include Pa Akintayo, Hon. Kolawole Waliyu (Ikoko), Alhaji Kehinde Olaosebikan, Hon. Hammed Bodunrin Digbi, Hon. Remi Sodiq, Hon. Waheed Ajibade, Hon. Mojeed Delesolu, and Alhaji Amidu Olapade among others.
The APC gubernatorial candidate in the state, Senator Teslim Folarin and Oyo Central Senatorial candidate, Dr. Yunus Akintunde, both received the new members into the APC, assuring them that the party epitomises fairness and equity.
While speaking on behalf of the defectors, Akinjide said they were pleased with the way they were received by Senator Folarin.
According to Kalejaye, he was lured by the performance of Senator Folarin.
Kalejaye noted that the victory of APC in 2023 would not only benefit Ona-Ara LGA but the entire state.
Welcoming the defectors on behalf of Folarin, the Chairman, National Lottery Regulatory Commission, Alhaji Fatai Ibikunle, assured them of fairness and equity in the new party.
“I welcome you to our great party, APC as new members, and assure you of all rights that accrue to the rest of our members.
“We will ensure that you benefit from every opportunity regarding the welfare of members without sentiments,” he said.
He charged the new members to aggressively mobilise for 2023 electoral victory of all APC candidates.
Folarin commended the defectors, saying they had made the right decision by joining APC.
He promised to carry them along in all party affairs and ensure that they benefit from all available opportunities.
He urged them to go to their respective wards and attend party meetings regularly for updates and other things concerning the party.