Senator Rasaki, Rep, Assembly Chief Whip dump PDP for APC at Ekiti mega rally


Outgoing Ekiti State Governor Ayodele Fayose’s plan to instal his deputy, Professor Kolapo Olusola Eleka, as his successor may have been dealt a big blow as several key members of his partyhave switched support to the All Progressives Congress (APC).
President Muhammadu Buhari received the defectors on Tuesday at the grand finale of the governorship campaign of Dr. Kayode Fayemi, the APC governorship candidate in Saturday’s election.
The mega rally took place at the Oluyemi Kayode Stadium in Ado Ekiti.
The two federal lawmakers were among the defectors, along with the Chief Whip of the House of assembly.
There were indications, dropped by the new APC faithful, that many Assembly members may also be getting ready to abandon the PDP, ahead of the crucial 14 July election.
Among the defectors was Senator Fatimat Raji Rasaki, representing Ekiti Central Senatorial District.
She is the wife of a former military governor of Lagos. Mr. Olamide Oni, House of Representatives representing Efon/Ijero/Ekiti West Federal Constituency also dumped PDP.
Senator Rasaki represents the largest constituency in the state, the same area where Fayemi picked his running mate, an old political war-horse, Chief Bisi Egbeyemi.
Political pundits said if the Ekiti central senatorial constituency vote for Fayemi, the election will be lost by the PDP candidate, Olusola Eleka.
The switching of allegiances by the PDP legislators was one of the highlights of Tuesday’s rally and it was seen as a big deal as the APC national leader, Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu, was seen telling Senator Rasaki repeatedly: ‘God Bless You’, ‘God Bless you’, when they met before President Buhari arrived.
The Chief Whip of the House of Assembly, Sunday Akinniyi, and Fayose’s Commissioner for Justice and Attorney-General, Mr. Owoseni Ajayi, also switched allegiances to APC at the event.
Ajayi was also Fayose’s Attorney-General in his truncated first term 2003-2006.
The National Chairman of APC, Mr. Adams Oshiomole, was also on hand to receive the defectors.
He assured them of equal treatment in the party.
Speaking on behalf of the defectors, Senator Rasaki said they had to dump the PDP because of Fayose’s selfishness.
According to her, the PDP in the state “has been monopolised by a single individual, who would not allow justice and fairplay in the day-to day running of the affairs of the party”.
Former Minister of State for Works, Prince Dayo Adeyeye, was the first to jump out of the Fayose PDP boat, after a controversial primary election, the outcome of which the lawyer-journalist said was predetermined in favour of Kolapo Olusola-Eleka.


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