Members of rival political parties defect do AD for Oke

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By; ODEYEMI SAMUEL, Akure.
The intra-party crises rocking the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and All Progressives Congress (APC) have begun to take tolls on the parties as hundreds of their members now daily defect to the Alliance for Democracy (AD).
The latest of such defections were recorded at Idanre (Central Senatorial District), Imoru and Ijagba in Ose Council area (Northern) and Arogbo in Ese Odo Council (Southern) during AD Governorship Candidate, Chief Olusola Oke’s campaign tour of the areas.
The defectors hinged decision to dump their erstwhile parties for AD on the crises in their parties, the growing popularity of Oke and his clear-cut development mission and agenda coupled with his antecedents at the NDDC and Ondo State Oil Producing Areas Development Commission (OSOPADEC).
Leaders of the defectors, who spoke at the different campaign rallies, said they were convinced that only AD could take the state to the promise land, promising to work for the party’s success in the November 26 election in the interest of transformation of the land and better life for the people.
Oke, who received the new members into the party on behalf of the AD national chairman, praised them for deciding to be part of movement to liberate Ondo State from the locusts that had invaded it in the last seven and half years.
The AD governorship candidate, who said the party was revived as a vehicle to bring about redemption of the state from PDP which had foisted bad leadership on it and as well ensure that the APC which had demonstrated its inefficiency and incompetence at the federal level did not assume leadership in the state.
“At the polls on November 26, we are going to fight the war of freedom. War of development. The economy of Ondo State is in shambles now. We have to redress the situation with our votes for AD.
“The state of economy of Ondo State needs urgent attention. That is why the next governor of the state must have the necessary experience and capability to effect the needed real change. I have offered myself for this task and all Yoruba leaders have given me the go-ahead,” Oke said.
The AD candidate, who lamented that the present government in the state had plunged the state into huge debt with nothing to show for the borrowings and other revenues that accrued the state since 2009, thus making it difficult to pay workers’ salaries or embark on development projects,”

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