No fewer than five thousand members of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Ibadan North East Local Government area of Oyo State, on Monday defected to the Action Democratic Party (ADP) to join the former Governor of the state, Chief Christopher Adebayo Alao-Akala.
Alao-Akala is the gubernatorial candidate of the party.
The former PDP members, who denounced their membership to join the ADP at the event held in Ibadan, were led by a former member of the State House of Assembly, Hon. Taiwo Salawu.
The defection was witnessed by a former electoral officer in the local government area, Alhaji Jimoh Arowolo, former member Oyo Pilgrims Welfare board, Chief Olaniyi Alao, Adesina Agunbiade, Hon Tirimisiyu Ojo, Alfa Jimoh, Kehinde Balogun, Mrs Oloyede Iron lady and Mrs Janet Okunola.
Salawu, who led the decampees which included market women, traders, artisans and youths, declared that their action was as a result of the fact that Oyo state now needs the ADP governorship candidate, Alao-Akala.
He added that the state needed the former governor for the state and its people “to witness and reap real dividends of democracy”.
Salawu emphasized that “It is only Otunba Alao-Akala that has the inherent leadership qualities to govern the State having been tested and trusted”.
He maintained that Alao-Akala’s remarkable achievements had endeared him to many of his admirers, hence their resolve to team up with him for the actualization of his gubernatorial ambition.