By OLA AJAYI
IBADAN—The efforts of the Action Congress of Nigeria, ACN, in Oyo State to gain numerical superiority in the state House of Assembly paid off, yesterday, as two lawmakers, one each from the Peoples’ Democratic Party, PDP and Accord Party, AP, defected to ACN giving the ruling party majority in the legislative arm.

The defectors are Mr. Temitope Olatoye aka Sugar, said to be a strong chieftain of AP and a member of PDP from Ogo Oluwa/Surulere Constituency, Matthew Abioye.

With the defection of Temitope, Lagelu Constituency, who was instrumental to the success story of AP in the 2011 election, the political camp of the former governor of Oyo State, Senator Rashidi Ladoja, has been depleted.

PDP has been making frantic efforts to woo Ladoja so as to control the legislative arm.

Though, Ladoja has given green light to PDP, many of his supporters in AP are not comfortable with his decision to join the party which he had  abandoned when he was not treated fairly.

As it is now, ACN lawmakers, who used to be 15 in number are now 17.

Of the 32 legislators in the legislative arm, PDP has 10 while AP has reduced to six lawmakers.

Knowing the implication that the ruling party now controls the House of Assembly with its members in the majority, hundreds of supporters of the party went wild in jubilation waving brooms, the insignia of ACN, after the lawmakers’ declaration for the ruling party.

They trooped to the Governor’s Office to declare their loyalty to Governor Abiola Ajimobi.

Wearing uniform Ankara that had been  chosen for the day, the whole of the Governor’s Office was electrified by their songs which they sang welcoming the two defectors “to where they naturally belong.”

The governor, while receiving them, expressed happiness that the lawmakers had thought it wise and expedient to join ACN, a development which he said had put the ruling party in a vantage position in the House.

He said: “It’s a very happy thing for us to have very notable members from PDP and Accord joining ACN in the House of Assembly. What does this mean? One, we are now in the majority in the House of Assembly.

”Two, these are foundation and senior members of the House.  For them to have joined us is a reflection of their own wisdom and foresight, and it is a confirmation of the fact that ACN as a party is now doing well in Oyo State.

”No other party, no matter their machinations, will change the progress that we have already started in Oyo State.”

The Speaker of the House, Mrs. Monsurat Sunmonu, described the defection as a welcome development, expressing optimism that more of the lawmakers in the opposition parties would join ACN.

Abioye hinged his decision to leave PDP on the fact that it had become a divided house, adding that the party produced parallel executives from two different congresses.

He said: “PDP is a divided house. I have decided to leave the divided house to join a united house, which is the progressive party, ACN.”

He added that he took the decision to complement the efforts of Gov. Ajimobi “who has been doing very well through massive infrastructure development to change the face of Oyo State.”

Also commenting,  Olatoye said he decided to join the ruling party in the interest of his people, the majority of whom he said had embraced ACN.

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