The ranks of the opposition get together in Ekiti State depleted yesterday, as the previous State Secretary of the Individuals’s Democratic Celebration (PDP) and powerful ally of ex- Governor, Ayodele Fayose, Dr. Tope Aluko, defected to the ruling All Progressives Congress(APC) .
Aluko was formally acquired into the get together by the APC State Chairman, Hon. Paul Omotoso at Ward B Secretariat, in Iyin Ekiti, in Irepodun/Ifelodun native authorities space of the state.
Addressing the get together leaders, Aluko stated: “If you’re from Iyin Ekiti, you’ll know that Governor Kayode Fayemi actually favoured us in elective and appointive positions, so I’m coming so as to add worth to this get together. I’m not right here to trigger hassle.
“They’ve given me the rules, and I’m able to abide by it within the curiosity of self-discipline in our get together.”
Aluko stated his defection received’t pressure his relationship with Fayose, whom he described as a mentor, brother and buddy.
“In December final 12 months, I informed the previous Governor that I wish to quiet down in Iyin Ekiti and play my politics. And with what Governor Fayemi has executed for us right here, the APC stays the one get together right here, and I’ve to affix the prepare. I informed him I shall be becoming a member of APC, and he permitted of it. So, this defection received’t pressure our relationship in any means”.
He added additional; “I can boldly say that the APC stays the one get together to align with at this current time. All Tope Aluko followers are at the moment registering into APC and I’m blissful to be a part of the transferring prepare.
“I can beat my chest and say I’m in secure palms as APC is fortunate to be within the palms of centered leaders like Governor Fayemi , Otunba Niyi Adebayo and others within the state”.
Aluko counseled President Muhammadu Buhari and Governor Fayemi for what he known as selfless companies they’re rendering to the nation, describing the duo as leaders with out corruption and blemish.
Tactically alluding to Fayemi’s rumoured presidential ambition, Aluko stated: “We should win the 2022 governorship in Ekiti and the 2023 presidential elections for APC. After that, Governor Fayemi should be moved to the subsequent stage”.
Receiving the defectors, the APC State Chairman, Paul Omotoso, stated he was blissful to obtain Aluko into the get together, saying he is not only an abnormal member, however a “huge fish”.
He urged members to be steadfast of their assist to APC, by avoiding unwarranted discrimination that may create cleavages within the get together.
“No new joiners in APC. We’re all equal, and also you begin benefitting the very day you be a part of us, so no one would discriminate towards you.
“For the sake of clarification, Tope Aluko had for lengthy been in APC, this ceremony is only a formality. I do know our folks within the opposition are rattled by this defection as a result of his decamping into APC will have an effect on them adversely.
“Please, I plead with our members, don’t deal with him and his folks like strangers. Be open to them, deal with them with respect, as a result of he’s very influential. He has now turn into a bonafide member of our get together, and we all know he’ll ship and add worth”.