The Ekiti State chapter of the Labour Party (LP) on Saturday, 31st May, 2014, suffered a great hit when thousands of its members ditched the party for the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) in the state.
The defectors, who were led by a former deputy chairman of the party, Mr. Ojo Ademola, Mr. Adedamola Tayo, Hon. Ajiboye, Ojumoola Olayemi, Comrade Sola Ajayi, Mr. Peter Ademilua and Faleyimu Ademilua, said they were leaving the Labour Party because its national leadership had sold the party to the highest bidder, Mr. Opeyemi Bamidele, without recourse to any democratic principle and the party constitution.
The former deputy chairman of the party, who spoke on behalf of the defectors, said the so-called present members of the Labour Party in Ekiti State were a few disgruntled Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) members whom Bamidele brought with him when he joined the LP, adding that original members of the party had all left due to the commando-like manner in which Bamidele hijacked the party structure.
Ademola said he was shocked when Bamidele who was complaining of being muscled out in the defunct Action Congress of Nigeria (ACN) joined the LP and out of desperation to contest the governorship election in the state threw all cautions to the wind by subverting democratic principles to install his cronies who were hitherto PDP members as executive members of the Labour Party.
He added that they chose to join the APC because of the unrivaled performance of the incumbent governor, Dr. Kayode Fayemi, who, according to him, is the only governorship candidate in the state who has demonstrated seriousness through the public presentation of his second term manifesto.
The other candidates, he said, have been busy trying to mudsling the governor and have not been able to tell the electorate in specific terms what they would do better if elected.
“As far as I am concerned, they have been providing us comic relief. The other thing that I notice they have been doing is going about with imported thugs to unleash terror on Ekiti people,” Ademola said.
Receiving the defectors who were decked in APC t-shirts and full of excitement, the Interim Chairman of APC in Ekiti State, Chief Jide Awe, promised that they would be treated as equals with other members of the party.
Awe said the first-term achievements of the Fayemi administration would be nothing compared to the goodies that await Ekiti people during the second term of the administration.