Agboola Ajayi, deputy governor of Ondo State, has given reasons why he dumped the All Progressives Congress to join the Peoples Democratic Party.
In a statement on Monday by his Press Secretary, Babatope Okeowo, the Ondo deputy governor while being officially welcomed into the PDP, described the APC as a “poisoned space” he needed to move away from.
According to him, the APC was now like “a house divided against itself in Ondo State, adding that the party was having breathing difficulties because one man was kneeling on its neck”.
He said, “For too long, I watched like a typical bystander within APC, Ondo State, in the administration I am supposed to be part of.
“I have always seen the political party system and position as privileged platforms to serve the people and not self, members of one’s family, clan or cronies.
“At the moment in Ondo State, democracy and wide participation by the people have given way to unsolicited and illegitimate outsourcing of power, familitocracy, nepotism, clannishness and primitive accumulation of illegal wealth under state cover.”
Speaking further, Ajayi expressed delight at joining PDP, promising to abide by the rule governing the party.
Meanwhile, the National Chairman of the party, Mr Uche Secondus has said the primary will be conducted in accordance with the party’s constitution while welcoming the deputy governor, saying he will add value to the PDP.
Secondus, however, declared that the deputy governor, who has also indicated interest in contesting the governorship election, would not be imposed on other aspirants of the party.
The PDP national chairman, who spoke at the party secretariat in Akure on Monday, while welcoming Ajayi and other 34 defectors from the All Progressives Congress, said the PDP would take over the state after the election.
He said, “The APC has damaged the security and the economy of the Nigeria. Everybody has seen that the APC is taking us to nowhere. I believe Ajayi is coming to the PDP to add value and to make difference.
“We in the PDP do believe the constitution of the country and the constitution of our party. We are one family. Ajayi is not coming to alter any rule. There would be free and fair primary. Everybody has equal right in the party. We are not going to impose any aspirant on others because our target is to take over the state.”