BY SEGUN OLATUNJI
ABEOKUTA —Ahead of the 2015 elections, the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP in Ogun State has started wooing a member of the House of Representatives, Hon. Abiodun Akinlade of the All Progressives Congress, APC and his supporters.
Also, no fewer than 10 members of the Ogun State House of Assembly from APC have concluded arrangements to defect to the PDP in the state.
Akinlade representing Yewa South/Ipokia Federal Constituency on the platform of the defunct Action Congress of Nigeria (ACN) was last year endorsed by the Labour Party in the state as its governorship candidate.
The State Executive Committee members and chieftains of the Ogun State PDP led by the State Chairman, Chief Bayo Dayo on Monday evening in Ota held talks with Akinlade in a meeting attended by the lawmaker’s supporters in the LP and the APC in the state.
The meeting which was held in Akinlade’s Ota residence had in attendance chieftains of the Buruji Kashamu-backed PDP, including the State Secretary; Semiu Sodipo, South West Zonal Secretary, Pegba Otemolu; Ogun West Senatorial Chairman, Leye Odunjo; a former commissioner for Women Affairs, Mrs. Mary Ogunjobi; Boye Adesina; Kayode Ogunyemi.
On the side of Akinlade were LP and some PDP chieftains, including Lai Taiwo, Chief (Mrs.) Remi Olusoji; Kamoru Oduntan; a serving member of the Ogun State House of Assembly, Samson Onademuren, Adesegun Banmulu; Fatai Bodunrin; a former member of the House of Representatives, Kamoru Oduntan and other Labour Party and APC chieftains.
Addressing the meeting, the Ogun PDP chairman said that because of the influx of new members into the party in the state, the leadership had already opened a discussion with the National Headquarters in Abuja regarding the possibility of working out a waiver to accommodate new defectors.
Dayo said such a waiver would enable defectors into PDP surmount the hurdles placed on the ways of new members’ eligibility to contest for political positions.
He assured Akinlade and his supporters of a level-playing field with the older aspirants.