Former Ekiti Speaker Dumps PDP For APC
The exodus from the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Ekiti continued on Tuesday with the defection of a prominent member of the party, Femi Akinyemi to the All Progressives Congress.
Akinyemi was a former Speaker of the House of Assembly in old Ondo State.
Akinyemi joined the APC in his Unit 001, Aafin Compound, Usi Ward, Usi-Ekiti in Ido/Osi Local Government Area alongside scores of his supporters.
The ex-Speaker served as the Chairman of Local Government Service Commission under former Governor, Segun Oni.
He was also the Ekiti State Coordinator of the Subsidy Reinvestment and Empowerment Programme.
He declared support for the anti-corruption crusade of President Muhammadu Buhari, saying “the President’s zero tolerance for corruption is the precursor to restoring the country’s lost glory.”
Akinyemi said the governorship ambition of Oni further stimulated his interest to join the APC, urging the party to give his followers a sense of belonging and recognition.
He said: “Well’ it’s a matter of choice, I know somebody that I have worked with very closely and that is Segun Oni.
“He is planning of coming back and I see some genuineness about development both human and others in him and I feel I should join hands with him and give him some support.
“I hardly criticize any government because we are all human but I hope Engr. Segun Oni takes over from the incumbent so that dividends of democracy will reach the commonest of the society.”
APC Deputy Chairman, Kemisola Olaleye, who welcomed Akinyemi on behalf of the State Party Chairman, Olajide Awe, said the new comers would be accorded same privilege as old members.
She urged Akinyemi and his supporters to work hard to win more members and ensure the victory of the party in their wards and local government area in the forthcoming governorship poll.