In what seems to be final twist regarding to Ekiti 2018 Governorship election, one of the People Democratic Party (PDP) in Ekiti State, Dayo Adeyeye dumped the party to the All Progressives Congress, (APC).
The former spokesperson of the PDP, announced his defection and those of his supporters to the APC on Tuesday.
Adeyeye, who was former Minister of State for Works during the PDP regime of former President, Dr. Goodluck Jonathan, lost the primaries of the party to the Deputy Governor of Ekiti State, Prof. Kolapo Olusola-Eleka.
He accused Governor Ayo Fayose of having given undue advantage to Olusola-Eleka.
Adeyeye’s defection is coming despite his promise before the primaries to support whoever emerges as candidate.
Stating the reason on why he dumped the PDP, Adeyeye said the decision was the wish of his constituents.
“Leaving the PDP was not an easy decision to make. That was a party to which I have rendered invaluable service at the most trying period of its history.
“Expectedly patriotic leaders of the party appealed to me to reconsider my decision in the light of my previous services and loyalty to the party. But the issue was never about me as a person. It was about the interest of the very many people who associate with me and more importantly the collective interest and future of Ekiti people. For me politics has always been an opportunity to serve and make contribution towards the development of my community and the nation.
“Therefore where I am compelled to make a choice between loyalty to a political party and loyalty to my community, l will readily chose my community or state. Political parties come and go but the community remains. I cannot change my state or hometown but I can always change my party if I feel that it can no longer serve as a vehicle for our collective good as a people,” he said while addressing reporters in Ado-Ekiti, the state capital.
In a reaction , Governor Fayose has said Adeyeye defection from the PDP to APC will not affect the party’s fortune.
The governor made the disclosure in a statement issued by his Special Assistant on Public Communication and New Media, Lere Olayinka in Ado Ekiti on Tuesday.
“I am not bothered by the action taken by the former aspirant in the just concluded PDP governorship primary election in the state.
“His move to APC will not in any way affect us. This is because majority of those he thought were behind him did not defect with him.
“In fact, one of his two party agents for the last primary is still with us in PDP and you know what that means.
“If somebody is your party agent and could not go with you to another party it tells a lot and even as he is moving from PDP, many others from APC are coming to us, so we have nothing to lose with his defection.”
The governor said that he held no grudge against him because he had the right to move from one political party to the other adding that he wished him well in his new party.
“While he was the PDP national spokesman, he had spoken terrible things against the APC and he has now gone to join the same party,” Fayose added.