By GBENGA ARIYIBI,
Ado Ekiti – Former governor of Ekiti State, MrÂ Ayodele Fayose, formally defected to the Labour Party[ LP], yesterday, vowingÂ to chaseÂ the Peoples Democratic Party(PDP) from the state in the 2011 elections. The national chairman of the LP, MrÂ Dan Nwayanwu, gave Fayose a clean bill of health, saying the former governor was not a criminal as his opponentsÂ tendÂ to paint him.
Fayose who was speaking in Ado Ekiti, at a political rally where he formally decamped from the PDP to LP, promised that his new party would give all members equal opportunities to excel.
The former governor, who spoke amidst aÂ huge crowd ofÂ supporters and associatesÂ drawn from all the 16 local government areas of the state, equally promised that LPÂ would not discriminate against any member, nor impose candidates on the people.
Fayose setÂ ablazeÂ the PDP umbrella, whichÂ symbolizedÂ hisÂ severance of ties with his former party that produced him asÂ governor of EkitiÂ in the 2003 elections.
He wasÂ Â full of praises forÂ the national leadership of the LP, pledging not to disappoint the party.
Fayose said his decision to dump PDP was informedÂ by what he described asÂ the abysmal performance of PDPÂ at all levels of governance in the country, noting that PDP epitomised darkness.
LP in Ekiti State, Nwanyanwu, who inaugurated the new executive of LP in Ekiti State,Â said he was happy to witness the ceremony.