2023: Oyinlola, Arapaja, Remi Oseni, Others Join PDP
The Peoples Democratic Party on Wednesday received the former Governor of Osun State, Prince Olagunsoye Oyinlola and the ex-Deputy Governor of Oyo State, Taofeek Arapaja.
Oyinlola and Arapaja together with their supporters officially joined PDP at a rally in Ibadan, Oyo State capital.
The former governor of Osun State while speaking with supporters of the party stated that as far as politics is a concern in Nigeria, people ruling the country are not getting it right.
He added that “The only thing they used to deceive us was restructuring, but when its now time to restructure, they said they don’t know anything like restructuring again.”
“The current administration was very selfish and corrupt, most of the appointment they made came from the North, when former Minister for Finance, Kemi Adeosun was removed, a Northerner succeeded her, Ayo Oke was replaced by Northerner, also, Peter Dakuku was also replaced by a Northerner.”
He stated that the time to restructure politics in the southwest for the people of the region to enjoy the dividends of democracy has come
“When I told my people that we are going to Ibadan to decamp to PDP, some people asked me why and I told them that Ibadan is the capital city of democracy in South West.”
Oyinlola charged PDP members to remain steadfast, he noted that the unity within the party would help the party win more state in the next election.
He appreciated PDP for the love shown towards him and other decampee, he stated that he is optimistic that the party will regain its lost glory.
The Oyo State Governor, Seyi Makinde, while speaking on the development noted that the coming back of the former members of the party and others is the beginning of unity in the Southwest PDP.
He called on party faithful to show love and unity to the decampees because everybody is going to gain from the party.
Makinde said, “The leader of the ruling party has said it himself that there was coronavirus in their party, but there is no coronavirus in our party, those we are welcoming back to our party includes members from African Democratic Congress (ADC), Zenith Labour Party (ZLP), Social Democratic Party (SDP), African Democratic Party (ADP).”
Dignitaries at the event included the governor of Bayelsa State, Duoye Diri, ex-governor of Ekiti State, Ayo Fayose, PDP Deputy National Chairman (South) Elder Yemi Akinwunmi, PDP National vice-chairman(Southwest), Dr Eddy Olafeso, Chief Bode George, Hon Ladipupo Adebutu, Chief Mrs Olushola Obada, Alhaja Mutiat Ladoja, Chief Mrs Abosede Adedibu, and all the PDP state chairmen.