Leaders from the national secretariat of the All Progressives Congress (APC) were on hand to formally admit the former governor of Oyo State, Adebayo Alao-Akala and other notable politicians in the state, who left the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Labour Party (LP) and Accord to join the ruling party.
While speaking at the event held at Mapo Hall, Ibadan, a national leader of APC and former governor of Lagos State, Bola Tinubu, declared the opposition dead in the Oyo state politics, adding that with number of the decampees and their political stature, the APC is sure of winning every election held in the state
The event was also witnessed by senior officials of the party including the deputy national chairman (South) and former governor of Ekiti state, Segun Oni; deputy national chairman (Southwest), Pius Akinyelure; Ondo state governor, Oluwarotimi Akeredolu; Osun State governor, Rauf Aregbesola and party leaders from other parts of the country.
In his remarks, Akala said their defection has left the state with only one party, assuring the ruling party of total victory in subsequent elections in the state.
“I want to assure you that there is no need to panic over any election. There is no other party in Oyo except the APC,” he said.
The former governor was joined in the defection gale by his erstwhile deputy and former Nigerian Ambassador to Jordan, Taofeek Arapaja; former Senate Leader and PDP governorship candidate in 2015 election, Teslim Folarin; the only PDP House of Representatives member from Oyo State, Olusegun Odebunmi; administrative secretary of the Osun PDP caretaker committee; Ademola Ojo; immediate past chairman of PDP in Oyo state, Yinka Taiwo; former Secretary to the Oyo State government, Ayodele Adigun, all members of Labour Party in the State House of Assembly and several other big names in the opposition parties.
Akala, however, praised Governor Abiola Ajimobi for creating the conducive environment that makes their defection possible.
He pledged their cooperation with and loyalty to the governor and the party.
Governor Ajimobi, who welcomed the detectors, remarked that it never in the history of the state that a party would receive such large number of heavyweight decampees to its fold at a time.
He said God was in support of the project, adding that it wouldn’t have been possible if it wasn’t so.