The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) might have crumbled in Ekiti State with the defection of top members of the party into the All Progressives Congress (APC).
Former Governor of the state and former Vice Chairman of PDP in the southwest, Chief Segun Oni, had earlier defected to APC with his political structure which comprises of many like the former Majority Leader, Ekiti State House of Assembly, Kayode Babade; former commissioner, Taiwo Olatunbosun; member, House of Assembly, Bunmi Orinowo; Mrs. Fajuyi and; former Special Adviser, Policy and Strategy, Ben Oguntuase.
Many of the governorship aspirants on the platform of the PDP had also declared support for the governorship candidate of APC, Dr. Kayode Fayemi, emphasising that the candidate of their party, Ayodele Fayose, lacks the omuluabi ethos for which the Yoruba are known for.
With the gale of defection at the grand final rally of the APC on Thursday, 19th June, 2014, the political coffin of the PDP was finally sealed in Ekiti State.
Eminent members of the PDP who had done so much to hold what remains of its skeleton in Ekiti State had now ditched it for APC.
Chief Dapo Alibaloye; Justice Edward Ojuolape; former Speaker during the Oni administration, Rt. Hon. Femi Bamisile; former PDP women leader, Erelu Ogundipe; Engineer Olowofela, Ademola Oosa and many others declared their preference for the APC, describing it as a movement of ideologically sound progressives.
Chief Alibaloye said Ekiti people are not bastards, but intelligent people who are very clear on what they want.
“We are not bastards in Ekiti. No one dictates to us. Fayemi is poles apart, character and disposition, from their rejected candidate that they want to foist on us. He is cultured and well-behaved. I beseech you, that is the person you must vote for. Don’t be afraid. This is our land. No soldier can intimidate us,” Alibaloye said.
Justice Ojuolape, who was the longest serving judge in the old Ondo State, said he was old enough to know what is good at his age.
“At my age, one boy looked me in the eye and called me a stupid elder without offending him. That is the candidate they are asking you to vote for. God will judge him. Unlike him, Fayemi respects elderly people. He is our son, very cultured and decent. Let us be steadfast and vote Fayemi on Saturday. Vote him for the good of Ekiti and the future of our children and generations yet unborn.”
A former Speaker of Ekiti State House of Assembly, Femi Bamisile, said Ekiti people have nothing to fear, as PDP would be shamed on Saturday.
With these defections, the PDP has obviously been dealt the final blow which has left it in irrecoverable collapse.