The Social Democratic Party (SDP) on Saturday harvested three of thousand defectors from opposition political parties in Oluyole local government, Ibadan, the Oyo State capital, in what observers say further underlined the popularity of the state assembly candidate, Hon. Saheed Oyewale and his political party in the constituency.
The defectors were received during a special welcome ceremony program organized by the party’s federal House of Representatives candidate, Hon. Tokunbo Ogunsola assembly candidate Hon. Saheed Oyewale which was held at Muslim Grammar School, Odinjo area of the state.
Westerndailynews reporter, Fadairo Ajoke confirmed that the defectors were from the Peoples Democratic Party ( PDP ), All Progressives Congress ( APC ), Accord Party, and New Nigeria People’s Party ( NNPP ).
The SDP state chairman, Hon. Michael Okunlade along with party executives received the defectors into the party. He assured them of fairness and equity in their new party, he urged the new members to feel free and work for the success of the party in the forthcoming elections in the state. He also promised them, that they would benefit from every opportunity regarding the welfare of members without sentiments.
He said, “ I welcome you all, we are going to work together to achieve success for our party to rescue the people of Oyo state. We will treat you all fairly as members of our party. We will ensure that you benefit from every opportunity regarding the welfare of members without sentiments,” he said. propagates.
He charged the new members to aggressively concentrate and mobilize for the victory of the party in Othe Oluyole come to the 2023 General elections.
The decampees took turns to explain why they left their parties to embrace SDP, saying the party is the only political platform that propagates true democracy.
Among the decampees Mr. Abiodun Akeyo, the Oluyole local government party chairman, who led the Accord defectors, said the Accord party in Oyo state has lost its credibility before 2019 and was thrown to the dustbin when the governorship candidate joined after losing out in APC. Among Accord leaders that joined SDP include: Moshoodi Oyepeju, local government leader, Chief Tayo Hamzat leader, Oloye Sulaimon Adekunle Ward 9 party chairman, Elder Ojo Dorcas Leader, Pa Elija Alao Ward 3 party leader, Ismail Lawal party leader Ward 3, Mrs. Ayodele Omitope, Afolabi Ganui Ward 4 chairman, Iyabo Lateef Accord local government women leader.
Mr. Alao Micheal who led NNPP members to SDP said, they all moved to join SDP because of the party structure and political ideology. More so poised with the humanitarian attitude of the state assembly candidate of the party
Also, Ajisope Olatunji who spoke on behalf of the ruling party defector revealed that they left PDP in the state following its alleged failure to deliver on all the promises made. Calling on the electorate in Oluyole local government to support the party’s governorship candidate and state House of Assembly candidate Hon. Saheed Oyewale including the federal House of Representatives candidate.