Reactions trail Alonge Niyi, others’ cross defection between APC and PDP

Written by on July 25, 2021

The supposed defection of Dennis Alonge-Niyi from the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), to the All Progressives Congress (APC) is unworthy of a response, but for the need to straighten the record.

The PDP stated this in a statement issued by the party’s Publicity Secretary, Kennedy Peretei and made available to newsmen this weekend.

Dennis Alonge-Niyi alongside some bigwigs of the PDP and Zenith Labour Party had defected to the APC just this weekend.

This the PDP in Ondo State said is untrue, saying Alonge-Niyi is no longer a member of the party and could not have been said to have crossed from their party.

Meanwhile, The Senator representing Ondo South Senatorial District in the eighth Assembly, and the Senatorial Candidate of the APC during the 2019 General election, Pastor Yele Omogunwa together with the Ondo South Senatorial Candidate of the AA during the 2019 general election, Dr Olatunji Feda on Thursday 22nd July, 2021 officially declared their defection from the APC and the AA to the PDP.

They made the declaration at the Stakeholders’ meeting of the People’s Democratic Party PDP in Akure, the Ondo State Capital.

A press statement signed by Leye Igbabo of the state PDP Directorate of Media and Publicity indicates that while introducing them to the highly elated leaders at the State Secretariat of the party in Akure, the State Chairman of the party, Hon. Fatai Adams told leaders that the coming back of the distinguished senator was the handiwork of God and a sign of victory for the party.

Adams also said Dr Olatunji Feda since his majestic return to the party, has proved his worth and left no one in doubt, as to his determination to strengthen the party in all ways.

The State Chairman therefore enjoined leaders and members of the party to give them their due recognition as full members of the party. 

Senator Omogunwa while addressing the leaders of the party at the meeting, said what he did was to simply retrace his step to his source.

In the same vein, Dr Olatunji Feda who also contested with Senator Yele Omogunwa for the Southern Senatorial seat during the 2019 general election under the platform of AA, said his decision to join PDP was borne out of concern for the good of the people.

Olatunji Feda said PDP has always been touching lives of the people with far-reaching, innovative programmes and would love to be in a party that makes the interest of the people, its top priority.

Leaders of the party had earlier described Senator Yele Omogunwa as an offspring of the men of Issachar who knew the time and the season to operate, describing his presence in the party as a confirmation of success for PDP in the months ahead.

The party leaders specially welcomed the duo back to the party and assured them of their support at all times.

However, in a related development Many notable leaders and members of People’s Democratic Party (PDP) and Zenith Labour Party (ZLP) have joined the All Progressive Congress (APC) in Ondo State.

The defectors were led by former National Youth Leader of PDP and former Executive Chairman of Ose local government, Arole Dennis Alonge-Niyi; Former Executive Chairman of Akoko SouthEast Local Government Council, Hon Akin Aibinuomo; Former Financier and Leader of PDP in Irele Local Government Area, Prince Thompson Atayase; Alhaji Ilesanmi Jamiu and Chief Aladejebi .

The acting Chairman of the APC in Ondo State, Engineer Ade Adetimehin received the decampees at the newly renovated party secretariat along Oyemekun road in Akure, and handed them over to the leader of the party, Governor Oluwarotimi Akeredolu.

Welcoming the defectors, the Governor of Ondo State, Arakunrin Oluwarotimi Akeredolu declared that there is room for many and more, adding that the new members will be integrated into the party without discrimination.

Speaking earlier, the acting Chairman of APC, Ade Adetimehin said APC remains the best party in Ondo State, adding that Governor Akeredolu has turned the fortune of the State around positively.

He noted that the defectors decided the joined APC because of the good governance being delivered by Governor Akeredolu in Ondo State.

In their separate remarks, the defectors said the outstanding achievements of Governor Akeredolu attracted them to join APC, adding that they have no hope in the case filed by the PDP candidate in the last election, Eyitayo Jegede over the reelection of Governor Akeredolu.

He however noted that the PDP has been overtaken by vultures.

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