2023: Over 2000 PDP, SDP Defect To APC In Oyo
No fewer than 2,315 members of the ruling People’s Democratic Party (PDP) and the Social Democratic Party (SDP) in Oyo State have defected to the main opposition party, the All Progressives Congress (APC) ahead of the 2023 general elections.
The governorship candidate of APC in the state, Senator Teslim Folarin and Oyo Central Senatorial candidate, Dr Yunus Akintunde received the new members into the progressive party during a local meeting of the party held at Elekuro High School, Ogbere in Ona-Ara LGA.
In the company of Senator Folarin were Alhaji Fatai Ibikunle, Chairman, National Lottery Regulatory Commission; Alhaji Kehinde Olaosebikan, Hon. Hammed Bodunrin Digbi, Hon. Remi Sodiq, Hon. Waheed Ajibade, Hon. Mojeed Delesolu and among others.
Mogaji Victor Akinyemi Akinjide led defected PDP members while Elder A Kalejaye led defected SDP members. Other leaders included Pa Akintayo, Hon. Kolawole Waliyu (Ikoko) and Alhaji Amidu Olapade.
Elder Kalejaye, in his remarks, stated that the performance of Senator Folarin and his emergence as the governorship candidate of APC informed their defection, saying the victory of APC in 2023 would not only benefit Ona-Ara LGA but the entire state.
Senator Folarin commended the defectors, saying they had made the right decision by joining APC. He promised to carry them along in all party affairs and ensure that they benefit from all available opportunities.