By Kolawole Olayinka, Abeokuta
Thousands of members of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) from Ogun Central in Ogun State on Friday defected to the African Democratic Congress (ADC), with a pledge to work with a governorship aspirant of the party, Prince Gboyega Isiaka, ahead of the 2019 poll.
WESTERN POST Correspondent reports that the decampees were led by a chieftain of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Aare Lekan Alabi, as well as former State Chairman of the party, Elder Joju Fadairo, and notable party leaders from the six local government areas comprising the zone.
Other party leaders in the movement include Alhaji Moroof Ajisegiri (Abeokuta North), Alhaji S.A Olonade (Abeokuta North), Alhaji Nurudeen Olaleye (Abeokuta South), Hon. Layiwola Karounwi (Abeokuta South), Chief Oluwole Adeyi (Ifo), Hon. Kifuli Solademi (Ifo), Alhaji Saula Makinde (Odeda), Chief Wale Famuyiwa (Odeda), Hon. Dele Erisan (Obafemi-Owode and Hon. Oladele Sholola (Ewekoro).
The leader of the decampees, Lekan Alabi, in his speech entitled “Movement for Victory,” said the event would usher in a new era in the political history of Ogun State, and implored the people to embrace the opportunity of African Democratic Congress (ADC) and support it to victory in the 2019 elections.
“This is an occasion where all political progressives, who believe in the interest of the common people, are coming together to ensure and guarantee the well-being of Ogun State and Nigerians at large. We implore all Nigerians to embrace the opportunity of ADC and support it to victories in the 2019 elections and beyond,” he said.
The speech, which was delivered by Hon. Moroof Ajisegiri, added further that the decampees joined ADC to support the governorship aspiration of Gboyega Isiaka, popularly called GNI, because of his integrity and diligence.
“A man of high integrity and diligence, a very humble,humane,helpful, highly intelligent and academically sound GNI has been tested and found qualified to lead this state to a greater next level.
“It is on record that GNI has made two attempts in the past to govern this state, but Almighty God knows best. The man, GBI remains unruffled in the face of provocations.
“From the totality of the above submission, we are all convinced that the next Governor of Ogun State is Prince Gboyega Nasir Isiaka(GNI) on the platform of African Democratic Congress(ADC) and to be part of the success story, we hereby declare our membership for ADC and GNI governorship ambition,” Alabi emphasized.
In his remark, Gboyega Isiaka further emphasized his interest to govern the State as the next Governor in 2019, just as he added that, he didn’t entertain any fear to contest or slugging it out at the party primaries, and well as the general election come 2019.
The frontline Aspirant called on decampees to encourage others, even from other political parties to join the train of African Democratic Congress (ADC),as the election is fast approaching, adding that the party with him will transform the state for better in next political dispensation.
“I am not afraid of any contest, we are not going to sideline anybody or group. My aspiration and desire is to be the candidate of ADC in 2019, and in May become the Governor of Ogun State. We are for better Ogun State. This party with me, we are going to transform the State. We are on the right path with ADC,” Isiaka stated.
He also used the occasion in calling and emphasisng the importance of Permanent Voters Card(PVC), encouraging his supporters and electorate to collect and be readily available to participate in the forthcoming elections.
The Chairman Contact and Mobilization of African Democratic Congress (ADC) in the State, Niyi Salako also used the ceremony in calling members of the other political parties, to emulate the step of Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and come to the fold of the party.
He boasted that, there was still enough space to accommodate all interested members, with assurance that, no members would be marginalized nor neglected, just as he cautioned against any attempt to form any parallel structure at the ward.