By Dayo Johnson
Akure—THE leadership of the Advance Peoples Democratic Alliance, APDA, in Ondo state, yesterday, led hundreds of their members to fuse into the opposition Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, in the state.
Messrs Banji Akinkuowo and Yemi Tadema, chairman and Secretary respectively, said in Akure that the structure of the party had been collapses into the PDP.
The APDA it will be recalled was the plan B of the PDP if the Supreme court verdict had not favoured them in the leadership tussle between Ahmed Markafi and Ali Modu Sheriff.
Speaking on behalf of others at the ceremony, the partys secretary, Hon Tadema said they never left the PDP as insinuated in some quarters.
Tadema said they only registered the APDA as alternative platform during the Sheriff/Markafi leadership crisis.
“The APDA in Ondo State came as a result of the factional crisis between Sheriff and Markarfi. As you already know, majority of the people in the PDP are loyal to Markarfi.
“When they gave Sheriff the judgment at Court of Appeal, we lost concentration.
“However, the plan B arrangement of the PDP is APDA should Markarfi not win at the Supreme Court; that APDA should be the party that we all belong.
“We are the front-liner of the APDA hoping that if PDP did not work that all of us at Markarfi faction should all go to APDA.
“Now that Markarfi has won at the Supreme Court, we decided that we should be restored back into our home.”
The state chairman of the party Hon Clement Faboyede said “ in Ondo state APDA is an integral part of PDP, as far as Ondo state is concern, there is no question about dumping or rejoining the party. Now that the crisis is over with Markarfi as the National Chairman of the party.”