By Ola Ajayi
THE remaining five members of the All Nigeria Peoples Party (ANPP) in the Oyo State House of Assembly have vowed never to defect to the ruling Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).
Their decision to remain in the party ran contrary to the rumour being peddled that the pay cut in the remuneration of political office holders had made them change their mind to join the PDP.
Out of the 11 lawmakers that contested on the platform of the party, six had defected to the PDP. But the rest legislators of the ANPP called on anyone who can substantiate the claims that they had been enticed with financial gains to come out.
While addressing newsmen in Ibadan yesterday, the five legislators led by Mr. Abiodun Awoleye, described the rumour as unfounded, calling on their numerous supporters and the party to ignore it.
According to Awoleye, who is the ANPP leader in the legislative arm of the state said, though there has been a cut in pay for political office holders nationwide, that is no reason for us to cross to any other party.
He said â€œno ANPP legislator is planning to defect or has defected to the PDP in Oyo State. We did not receive any money from anybody. Anybody who has evidence to that effect should come out and say it publiclyâ€.
While stressing that the report was a total falsehood, he said â€œThere will never be anytime we will abdicate our responsibilities to our party and the electorate and the people we are representingâ€.