LAGOS—No fewer than 5,000 members of various parties have defected to the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Ijebu North Local Government Area of Ogun State.
Speaking on the occasion which was held last weekend in Ijebu-Igbo, the Zonal Secretary of the PDP in the South West, Chief Pegba Otemolu said 3,250 came from the Peoples Party of Nigeria (PPN), while the others were from the All Progressives Congress (APC) and Labour Party (LP).
Notable among the defectors are the former Deputy Governor and Chairman, Action Congress of Nigeria (ACN), Ogun East Senatorial District, Chief Rafiu Ogunleye; former Commissioner for Education under ex-Governor Gbenga Daniel administration, Elder Yomi Akinwonmi; former chairmanship candidate of PPN in Ijebu North Local Government Area, Otunba Adeleke Adekoya, among others.
The duo of Akinwonmi and Adekoya, who were former loyalists of Daniel, said they dumped their former party and leader because Daniel could no longer give any plausible reason for them to move from the PPN to LP.
A prominent leader of the PDP in the state, Prince Buruji Kashamu, said the defection of people from the three political parties showed that the ruling APC in the state was heading for the rocks ahead of the 2015 general elections.