Oyedepo accused of falsehood over defection of PDP members 


Joke Adeniyi-Jackson

Former factional Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Akogun Iyiola Oyedepo has been accused of peddling falsehood over the population of members that defected with him to the All Progressives Congress (APC).
Members of the PDP from Ekiti, Oke-Ero, Isin and Irepodun Federal Constituency made the allegation during a press conference in Ilorin, at the weekend.
Speaking through their Chairman, Chief Akinmade Abolarin, the party members maintained that the PDP in their Federal Constituency is intact.
They insisted that the claim by Oyedepo that over 90 percent of members of the PDP in the state left with him is far from the truth, adding that only political jobbers defected to APC alongside  the ex-fractional party boss.
“Oyedepo has persistently claimed that he left the PDP with well over 90% of the members of the party. This is false and baseless.
“The membership of PDP in our own Federal Constituency is largely intact. Those who left are the usual office seekers whose departure will not affect our fortunes in the coming election. They constitute chronic minority,” they stressed.
The PDP members also reiterated their support for new defectors into the party, towards recording success in the forthcoming polls and welcomed Senate President, Dr. Bukola Saraki back to PDP pledging to work for him.
Kwara 2019: Hakeem Lawal joins guber race
The scion of late Governor of Kwara state, Alhaji Hakeem Lawal, on Saturday in Ilorin, swelled the number of gubernatorial aspirants for the 2019 race as he officially declared his intention to run under the banner of the All Progressives Congress (APC).
Speaking with newsmen at the Ilorin International Airport shortly after his arrival to the state, Lawal who was received by his supporters and admirers said his decision to contest was a call to service.
The son of the late Governor Muhammed Lawal described his decision as home coming, adding that he had always been a progressive minded politician.
He said Kwara State could only be taken to a greater level of development with contribution of ideas from youth population and added that he is prepared to inject youthful energy and ideas that would change the fortune of the state.
He said he was very happy with the reception accorded him and thanked his supports for standing by him though all the years.
Asked to comment on whether the Senate President, Dr Bukola Saraki should resign, Lawal said such decision is left for the lawmakers to decide since he is not a members of the National Assembly.
He called on the lawmakers to make sacrifice for the nation to ensure next year’s election success by coming together to consider the budget.

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