26 July 2021
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ONDO State Governor Rotimi Akeredolu has cautioned the leadership of the state chapter of the All Progressives Congress, against discriminating against party members.
Specifically, the governor cautioned the leadership against discriminating against new entrants into the party.
Akeredolu stated this while receiving some members of the Zenith Labour Party and the Peoples Democratic Party who decamped to the APC, in Akure, on Friday.
The defectors included a former National Youth Leader of the PDP and former Chairman of Ose Local Government, Mr Dennis Alonge-Niyi; former Chairman of Akoko South East Local Government Area, Akin Aibinuomo; former PDP chieftain in Irele Local Government Area, Prince Thompson Atayase; Alhaji Ilesanmi Jamiu, among others.
The governor said, “ I want to plead with our party leaders, we must not discriminate. They have become members of our party and we must only integrate them. Let us find a way to accommodate them, so they will feel integrated.”
“In response, the PDP in a statement issued by its Publicity Secretary, Mr Kennedy Peretei, said it was not moved by the defection of some of its members to the ruling party, saying the defectors were working for the APC after they had lost out in the PDP.”
The statement read in part, “During the October 10, 2020 Governorship Elections, Alonge-Niyi shamelessly worked for the APC governorship candidate. The logistics support for the elections was coordinated for the APC from his house.”