Governor Abiodun Oyebanji of Ekiti State, the State Chairman of the All Progressives Congress, Paul Omotoso
alongside other Chieftain of the party on Monday, received about 200 decamped members of the Peoples Democratic Party in Efon Local Government Area of the State, to APC, ahead of the December 2nd local government elections in the State.
The newly-decamped members were received at the APC secretariat in Efon Alaaye on Monday, October 2, 2023.
Governor Oyebanji during the welcome ceremony, congratulated the new members for joining the ruling party, while also assuring them that they would not regret their actions
Among the decampees received at the APC Secretariat in the local government included former Commissioner for Local Government and Chieftaincy Affairs, Femi Ige; former PDP Women leader in the local Government, Lucia Adetunji and the PDP House of Assembly candidate in the last Assembly polls, Pastor Stephen Olusola.
The Ekiti Governor who acknowledged many of the decampees as leaders and solid members of the PDP, assured them of the equal opportunities and privileges for both old and new members in APC, noting that the party doors were still open for others to join.
Mr Oyebanji however called on existing APC members to welcome the decampees with open arms, while urging all members of the party to remain united to move the wheel of progress of the state forward.
“Those of you coming now are taking a risk. The remaining ones who wish to join the APC will want to see what will happen to them. If the party treats them well, others will come. So I implore our party members, these people were leaders where they are coming from, they must sustain their leadership”, the governor said.
Pastor Stephen Olusola, who spoke on behalf of other decampees, said their decision to join APC was born out of the good leadership style and excellent performance of the Governor, adding that the achievement of Governor Oyebanji in less than one year in office was enormous.
However, Mr. Olusola assured the Governor and the leadership of APC, of their maximum support and loyalty, adding that many other PDP members in their large numbers, would soon be joining the All Progressives Congress.