No fewer than 400 members of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC), Oyo State Chapter, on Wednesday, defected to the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) ahead of the forthcoming 2023 presidential election.
Starnews Nigeria reports that the defectors were officially led by Comrade Raji Akeem Kolawole to drum support for the former Vice President Atiku Abubakar and the presidential candidate of the PDP in the 2023 general elections.
The defection of the APC members into PDP was consequent upon what they described as the unending deceit and deception within the party which they said has not only continued to cause more harm to their personal development as politicians than good but also dangerous for the entrenchment of internal democracy within a political party.
While receiving the decampees into the PDP on Tuesday, the Coordinator for Atiku/Okowa Support Movement in Oyo state, Mayoress Olubukola Olayinka said the work that lies ahead is beyond anybody’s personal interest stressing that 2023 is all about rescuing Nigeria for Nigerians.
Mayoress Olayinka who was the former Oyo state Deputy Chairman of the Labour Party (LP) recently led her political followers and supporters across the state into the PDP for the actualization of Atiku Abubakar’s presidency come 2023.
While delivering her welcome address, Mayoress Olayinka maintained that Atiku Abubakar’s presidency by 2023 was like a moving train whose time has come. She added that the momentum which is consistently gathering in favour of Alhaji Abubakar within the political landscape must be sustained.
She said the momentum was evident in the defection of over 400 card-carrying APC members in Oyo state into the PDP with the primary aim of lending their support towards the actualization of the ‘Atiku/Okowa’s’ PDP presidency.
Daily Independent reports that their defection is hinged on the spate of untold hardship, insecurity, economic woes, high-handedness, nepotism, and insensitivity to the plight and yearnings of citizens that have characterized the government of President Muhammadu Buhari as well as the choice of the APC to field another presidential candidate who’s health condition may plunge Nigeria into another round of medical tourism.
“There is also rededication of many members of our party, PDP, across all 33 Local Government Areas in Oyo state to the presidential project of Alhaji Atiku Abubakar having realized he is the only politician among all the presidential candidates with a nationalistic disposition to unify Nigeria and deliver the nation from the edge of total collapse that the APC government has led helplessly Nigerians.
“Let me make this unequivocally clear at this point, that Oyo state is fully committed to the actualization of Atiku Abubakar’s presidential project and we shall commit every drop of our sweat, resources, energy, and time as well as everything humanly possible to ensure he emerges as Nigeria’s next president come 2023.” Mayoress Olayinka said.
Earlier, the leader of the APC defectors, Comrade Raji Akeem from Ibadan South East Local Government, said, “we’re from APC and we decided to join PDP because APC has failed us because they care only about themselves and not Nigerians.”
Asked what he implied by the statement, Comrade Raji said, “they don’t care about the people in APC as you can all see in the deteriorating cost of existing as humans beings in Nigeria of today.
“We all know how the APC met this nation in 2015 and we are all witnesses to where we are today so, 2023 is all about taking back our Nigeria from them and Alhaji Atiku Abubakar is the only hope on this rescue mission.
“That is why we decided to come back and join them in PDP. Although we started as PDP members in 1998 prior to the 1999 election, we left in 2016 to join the APC but we have decided to come back home through Mayoress Olayinka because APC has neither benefited us as politicians nor Nigerians as a people.
“After Mayoress Olayinka talked to us to return home, we felt this is a woman of great value and pedigree in terms of leadership and integrity.
“Actually, we have been together for about 30 years so she is a leader we can trust to follow her lead in ensuring that Atiku Abubakar emerges our next president come 2023 by the special grace of Allah.”
Coordinators for the Coalition for Atiku/Okowa Support Movement from Ogun, Ondo, Chief Mrs Oludotun Alani and Adegboyega, as well as a PDP stalwart from Egbeda, Barrister Oladapo Olayinka in their separate remarks, vowed to embark on aggressive grassroots mobilization for Atiku maintaining that there was no going back on their mission.