NIGERIA: Fayose’s Ex-majority Leader Defects from PDP to APC

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Former Majority Leader of the Ekiti State House of Assembly under ex-governor, Ayo Fayose, Mr. Kayode Babade,  yesterday declared that his decision to defect from the  Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) to the All Progressives Congress (APC) was because of the  impressive performance of  Governor Kayode Fayemi.
Urging the people of Ikere Ekiti to reject Fayose in the June 21 election, Babade posited that it was quite deceitful and hypocritical for the PDP to have fielded the former governor that had once described the party with unprintable names.
Babade, who formally defected to the ruling party at the APC rally in Ikere Ekiti, said  he expected his former party to field a better candidate for the election, rather than someone who had lost relevance among the Ekiti populace.
The former Commissioner for Lands in the Segun Oni-led government described Fayemi as the best among the candidates being paraded by the various parties for the gubernatorial poll.
“Governor Kayode Fayemi’s reelection is ordained  by God. His performance and approach to governance is systematic. He is committed to the development of the state and likeminded people like us must join him.
“This  is  why other progressives in the PDP, led by Seguin Oni decided to join hands with him to move Ekiti forward. Fayemi  is responsible, hardworking and humble, so Ekiti people must reelect him for a second term,” Babade said.
While addressing the crowd, Fayemi described Ikere Ekiti as a gateway town, saying his administration will continue to give the town the needed attention for the radical development of the town.
The governor who had earlier commenced the dualisation of Ikere up to Iju, the border in Ondo State, said the town will continue to benefit from very laudable projects meant to develop the state in all its facets.
Fayemi  restated that those planning to rig the forthcoming election will be disappointed, assuring that the people of the state will resist such devilish action.
“Ikere Ekiti is the gateway to Ekiti and when you are a gateway, all things good must happen to you and this makes Ikere very special. So, my government cannot treat you with disdain.”
Commenting on the rumour that the election would be rigged in favour of a candidate of another political party, Fayemi said, “I know that Ikere people will not tolerate any form of imposition.”
The Labour Party (LP) governorship candidate, Hon. Opeyemi Bamidele, yesterday faulted the claim by the APC on Monday that several chieftains of the LP defected to the ruling party during Governor Fayemi’s electioneering in Emure-Ekiti area of the state.
Bamidele, in a statement issued in Ado-Ekiti by his media aide, Hammed Salami, described the claim as false and as an attempt to create unnecessary fear in the minds of supporters of the LP in the community.
The LP candidate clarified that no registered members of the party defected to APC during the rally in Emure, saying those rumoured to have defected were members of APC masquerading as his supporters.
“We have checked the registers and found out that none of our members defected to APC on Monday. So, those that were paraded as defectors were impostors and not authentic members of our great party,” he said.
The party also cautioned the APC-led government in Ekiti State against interfering in the trial of those alleged to have murdered  Mr. Foluso Ogundare, a member of his party in cold blood.
Ogundare, a close ally of  Bamidele was allegedly killed by suspected members of APC in Emure Ekiti on November 3, 2013 during a ward meeting.
Also, a serving member of House of assembly and member of the APC, Hon Kehinde Boluwade and six others are presently being tried at the  Ekiti State High Court over their alleged involvement in the daylight killing.
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