About 200 card-carrying members of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in the Efon Local Government Area of Ekiti State have defected to the All Progressives Congress (APC).
This is ahead of December 2 local government elections in the state.
Governor Biodun Oyebanji was on hand on Monday to join the State Chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Paul Omotoso and other prominent leaders of the party in welcoming the defectors.
The decampers received at the APC Party Secretariat in the local government included former Commissioner for Local Government and Chieftaincy Affairs, Femi Ige; former PDP Women leader in the local Government, Lucia Adetunji and the PDP House of Assembly candidate in the last Assembly polls, Pastor Stephen Olusola, among others.
Receiving the decampers at the APC secretariat in Efon Alaaye, Governor Oyebanji welcomed and congratulated them for joining the ruling party with an assurance that they would not regret their action.
Describing many of the decampers as leaders and solid members of the PDP, the Governor assured them that the APC would provide equal opportunities and privileges for both old and new members, adding that the party doors were still open for others to join.
While calling on existing APC members to welcome the decampers with open arms, the Governor enjoined all members of the party to remain united to move the wheel of progress of the state forward.
“Those of you coming now are taking a risk. The remaining ones who wish to join the APC will want to see what will happen to them. If the party treats them well, others will come. So I implore our party members, these people were leaders where they are coming from, they must sustain their leadership," the Governor asserted.
Speaking on behalf of the decampers, Pastor Stephen Olusola attributed their decision to join APC to the good leadership style and excellent performance of the Governor, adding that the achievement of the Governor in less than one year in office was monumental.
While assuring the Governor and the leadership of APC of their maximum support and loyalty, Olusola added that many other PDP members, in their large numbers, would soon be joining the All Progressives Congress.