*says, key PDP leaders in Oyo are on their way into APC
By; BAYO AKAMO, Ibadan
The Senator representing Oyo Central Senatorial District and Chairman Senate Committee on Local Content, Senator Teslim Folarin on Wednesday said the Peoples Democratic Party, (PDP) is under intensive care unit, awaiting to be certified dead ahead of the May 2023 general elections”.
Reacting to insinuation by a former Deputy governor of the state in an interview with Ajibola Akinyefa TV said that former members of PDP like former Governor Alao Akala and Senator Teslim Folarin will return back to PDP., Senator Folarin said he remains a bona-fide member and Senator of the All Progressives Congress (APC).
Senator Folarin in a statement in Ibadan by his Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, YSO Olaniyi, stressed that he remained committed to helping in expanding the membership base of APC in Oyo State,
” Only a dying politician will consider joining or staying in PDP. I am a living politician and will remain in APC. I strongly advise all frustrated members from other political parties to join us in (APC) before it is too late. The Progressive door is open to all intending members. I must add that in a few weeks to come, we will welcome key leaders in Oyo PDP into APC”, he said
Senator Folarin added, ” the continuous exodus of PDP Governors, Senators, House of Representatives members, State Honourables and other gladiators into the progressive family shows that PDP is under intensive care unit, awaiting to be certified dead ahead of funeral ceremony in May 2023″.
Emphasizing that PDP belongs to his past, therefore he has no reason to rejoin his former party, Senator Folarin said, ” there is no denying the fact that I started my partisan politics in PDP but joined a progressive family in 2017″.
” I am proud to be a member of APC and I’ll passionately strive to unite the party. I am bona-fide member and senator of APC. There is nothing PDP will offer me that I cannot achieve in APC by the Grace of God and the supports of the genuine and progressive-minded members of our great party”
The Chairman Senate Committee on Local Content maintained, ” and to PDP, you will not only remain the main opposition party at the federal level but also handover to APC in Oyo State come 2023. To dream or insinuate that I’ll dump APC for PDP that is in vegetative state is laughable”.
“I enjoin fellow progressives not to be misinformed and misled by the antics of PDP and some divisive elements in the APC. I am happy in APC; defecting to PDP because of future ambition is not an option whatsoever. I am not an ingrate. I am not a dishonourable man. God is my witness that APC is my house, nobody can force me out”.
Senator Folarin pointed out that the mission of the ” Oyo APC is to reclaim Agodi Gate House in 2023, therefore unnecessary and avoidable intra-party crises before, during and after the party congresses must be avoided in the spirit of oneness and progress”.