The Deputy Leader of the Ekiti State House of Assembly, Hon Adeniran Alagbada, has dumped the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and pitched his political tent with 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.
Briefing newsmen in Ado-Ekiti on his decision, he said, “I have consulted my leaders and the good people of my constituency in Ise Orun Local Government that elected me as an honourable member of Ekiti State House of Assembly before this press conference on my decision and they approved of it”.
On how Hon Gboyega Aribisogan was suspended indefinitely for defecting to the APC, Alagbada said he had no reason to fret over such action, stressing that he has the fundamental rights of freedom of association as enshrined in the constitution.
He added: “I have also obtained their full consent before this historic declaration. I’m aware and it is a 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 Owoseeni 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 the candidate of the PDP in preference for the Deputy Governor, Prof Kolapo 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 Peoples Democratic Party 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 All Progressives Congress forthwith,” he concluded.