Oct 15, 2011-The chairman of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) in Somolu-Bariga Local Government Area, Chief Adeoye Oriade, has led over 2,000 PDP members in the area to defect to the Action Congress of Nigeria (ACN).
The defectors, who were received into the ACN by the Lagos State chairman of the party, Chief Henry Ajomale, included prominent members like Chief Kola Adebayo, a PDP leader in the area, Chief W.B. Ogunleye, State Organising Secretary of the PDP and Prince Adewunmi Sonaike, the PDP candidate for the House of Representatives in the 2011 general elections, amongst others.
Speaking on the occasion, Chief Oriade said their defection was prompted by the outstanding performances of the ACN, both at the state and local government levels, as well as the leadership qualities of the ACN national leader, Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu, whom he described as a visionary leader.
Welcoming the group to the ACN, chairman of Bariga LCDA, Hon. Akeem Omoyele Sulaimon, noted that the defection was very symbolic as it meant that opposition in the Somolu/Bariga axis had eventually collapsed.
Hon. Sulaimon commended the courage of the PDP defectors to have realised that the PDP was not the right party for them, adding that their defection was also an endorsement for the good programmes of the ACN at the local government level in the Somolu-Bariga axis.
The Bariga LCDA chairman enjoined the defectors to see themselves henceforth as members of the ACN family who stand to benefit like every other member and should, therefore, join the campaign to win votes for the party in the October 22 local government elections.
Chief Ajomale, while welcoming the defectors, observed that they were no strangers in the ACN as most of them had always been with the party in the past before their sojourn in the PDP.
Also on hand to welcome the defectors were the chairman of Somolu Local Government Council, Hon. Gbolahan Bagostowe, and other prominent members of the ACN in the state.