Governor Ayodele Fayose of Ekiti State has downplayed the recent defection of some notable members of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).

Fayose, who is also the Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party Governors Forum, explained that those who left were inconsequential to the well being of the party.

Fayose who fielded questions from journalists shortly after the end of a meeting of the Governors Forum with other stalwarts of the party in Gombe State, said their defection will not in any way diminished the popularity of the party.

He noted that the party will only be worried, if those he described as real members of the party decided to leave.

A former National Chairmanship aspirant of the party, Prof Tunde Adeniran on Sunday left the party with thousands of his supporters to join the Social Democratic Party (SDP)

Fayose said: “As long as the real grassroots politicians remain with us, we are not worried.

“I don’t want to mention names here but if you are referring to those Abuja politicians defecting from the party, it is good for us. We cannot remain with those who are not adding any value to the popularity of the party, it better they leave.” 

Speaking on the All Progressives Congress (APC) holding rallies across the country to garner more support ahead of 2019, the governor said:

“We too have been going round to talk to our people.

“Let me, however, remind you that in 2015 the PDP did the same thing and lost the elections, what the APC is doing now is preparing to lose power in 2019.”

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