Lawmaker dumps PDP for APC in Ekiti

A member of the Ekiti State House of Assembly representing Emure State Constituency, Olanrewaju Olayanju, on Thursday announced his defection from the Peoples Democratic Party to the ruling All Progressives Congress.

Olayanju, at a press conference in Ado Ekiti, the state capital, attributed his defection to alleged division in the PDP.

He added that the failure of the party’s leadership to carry everybody along and “betrayal of Ekiti people” informed his decision to dump the opposition party.

A former Governor of the state, Ayodele Fayose; and the Senate Minority Leader, Biodun Olujimi, have been laying claim to leadership of the party, thus causing division.

Olayanju, who was one of the PDP lawmakers loyal to Olujimi, said there was no way he could continue in the party, especially as Fayose was openly campaigning against Olujimi’s re-election.

He said, “I have reflected deep on the whole situation and I have informed my constituency that my interest and that of my people can no longer be achieved in the PDP.

“The PDP is now in disarray with no leaders to rally the party together. The leaders have destroyed the party through naked use of powers. The party is factionalised and some leaders are saying members should vote for opposition candidates.

“Also, since Governor Kayode Fayemi came on board, he has initiated projects that make people happy. On this strength, I, Olanrewaju Olayanju, hereby declare my total loyalty to the APC-led government and the party with immediate effect.”