Scores of members of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Social Democratic Party (SDP) and Action Alliance (AA) yesterday decamped to join the Alliance for Democracy (AD) in Ondo State, ahead of Saturdays governorship elections.
The defectors said their decision was based on their conviction in the AD candidate, Olusola Oke, and that only the AD government could rescue the state from its hopeless state.
They were received by the party’s governorship candidate, Olusola Oke, at his campaign grand finale at the Democracy Park, Akure, the state capital.
The AA national secretary, Kenneth Eze, announced the collapse of the party’s structure in the state into the AD.
The party’s candidate, Yinka Orokoto, also declared that he had stepped down for the AD candidate.
Leading the PDP defectors was a two-term member of the House of Assembly, Akindele Adeniyi.
The former PDP members said the party had collapsed in the state, saying the only option for them was the AD.
The AD National Chairman, Joseph Avazi, called on people to vote for Oke.
Avazi said the AD government would serve the state, adding that only the party could ensure the desired change.
Oke warned against any attempt to manipulate the poll, adding that the Resident Electoral Commissioner, Segun Agbaje, had assured that the people’s wish would prevail.
The AD candidate urged the people to come out to vote for him and his running mate, Ganny Dauda, on Saturday.
He said: “We’ve come to repair. We’ve also come to prevent further destruction of the good legacies of our former leaders.
“There are electric poles but no light. There are boreholes but no water. There are graduates but no jobs. This is unacceptable. It is on this note that that AD has come to restore the glory of the state.
“Our economy will be revived. AD government will eradicate poverty. We shall build on what Papa Adekunle Ajasin, Chief Adebayo Adefarati and Dr. Olusegun Agagu built. Our mission is to create wealth and generate employment.”
The Iyaloja-General of Ondo State,Mrs Folasade Ojo, urged her members to vote for Oke . She said traders would benefit more under Oke, who she described as transparent and humble.
The Director- General (DG), Olusola Oke Campaign Organisation (OOCO), Bola Ilori, warned against rigging the election.