By Dayo Johnson- Akure
AHEAD of next year election, defection fever has gripped the two major political parties in Ondo state, the ruling All Progressive Congress APC and the Peoples Democratic Party PDP.
While the Peoples Democratic Party PDP, Social Democratic Party SDP, Labour Party LP, and the ADC are set to harvest members from the APC on one hand, the SDP, LP, AD are also set to harvest members from the PDP after their primaries.
Meanwhile, the former governorship candidate of the Alliance for Democracy who recently returned to the APC in the state, Chief Olusola Oke has denied planning to return to the PDP.
Oke said in Akure that ” He has no intention of leaving APC either for PDP or any other party at that for now. Politics is in the air and one will understand the wicked intention behind the planted story especially at this time.
His media aide, Rotimi Ogunleye described the speculation as false.
However, findings showed that some members of the APC in the state who have political ambitions have entered into talks with the leaders of these three political parties in the state.
Vanguard gathered that many members of the Rotimi Akeredolu led state executive council are nursing the ambition of contesting for the National Assembly seats.
They are still studying the body language of their principal before coming out openly to declare their ambition.
Many of them have set up contact committees in the council areas to campaign for them.
Also, members of the House of Assembly who jumped from the PDP after the party lost the last governorship election have started hobnobbing with the party with a view to returning hoping that they would be given automatic tickets.
It had done on them that the ruling party in the state was not ready to give them automatic return ticket as promised them before their defection.
Already, an appointee of President Muhammadu Buhari, the Chairman of the National Oil Spill Detection and Response Agency (NOSDRA) Senator Ayo Akinyelure and a member of the House of Representatives, Bode Ayorinde have finalised their defection plan to the PDP.
Many members of the PDP who failed to get the tickets to the state and National Assembly would run to the other lesser parties to realise their ambition.
Interestingly, the lesser parties would accommodate them in a bid to field candidates in the elections, the more the merrier.
The Director of Publicity of the PDP, Ayo Fadaka confirmed to that a looming defection was set to hit the ruling party in the state.
Fadaka declined to give names of those already talking with leaders of the party in the state.
On the likelihood of members of the party pitching tents with the ruling APC after the state and National Assembly primaries, Fadaka said ” no reasonable politician would defect to the sinking ship of the APC now.
Also reacting, State Publicity Secretary of the APC, Alex Kalejaye, said that ” defections are normal phenomena in political settings, especially where there are justifiable occurrences. Unfortunately, that is not the case now.
“As an amalgamation of various political parties, the All Progressives Congress (APC) has accommodated politicians that merely used the party and the goodwill of President Muhammadu Buhari to actualize their political dreams.
“These set of people never believed in the ideals and vision of the leaders, but consistently harboured personal and selfish agenda. Unfortunately, they have constituted opposition for the APC, even at the National Assembly.
“Now that they have decided to leave, we have only one option left: To put all that behind us and concentrate on working on our campaign promises: stemming insecurity, building infrastructures, and laying solid foundation for the economy through sustainable policies.
Kalejaye said that “I can assure you that there will continue to be realignment till the last minute: more are likely to defect to the APC too. One thing that is certain is that the leaders of APC will remain focused; building the future of Nigeria