A chieftain of the Social Democratic Party (SDP) in Ondo State, Mrs Modupe Akindele-Martins, has dumped the party with her supporters for Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).
She broke the news yesterday to the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Akure, the state capital.
Mrs Akindele-Martins was the deputy governorship candidate of the SDP in November 2016 election in the state.
She was also the running mate to Dr Olu Agunloye of the SDP in the last governorship election in the state.
Mrs Akindele-Martins was also the Ondo State Woman Leader of the defunct Action Congress of Nigeria (ACN).
The politician said she had resigned her membership from the SDP and was defecting with thousands of her supporters in the 18 local government areas to the PDP.
“Absolutely, I am leaving SDP with thousands of my supporters in the 18 local government areas to join the PDP,” she said.
Mrs Akindele-Martins said SDP did not have the commitment to change the government in 2019 and was not well positioned to wrestle power from the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC).
She added: “So, with my exit at this point in time, that means the SDP only exists as a nomenclature at the state level.
“SDP has been in total mess after the former State Secretary, Dele Ogunbameru, left on October 24, 2017 with more than half of the state structure.”
According to her, all is now set to formally join the PDP with her supporters as all arrangements have been concluded.
Mrs Akindele-Martins, who is from Okitipupa in Ondo South Senatorial District, regretted that the area had been neglected, hence the need for her to pitch tent with the PDP to save the people from what she called the “shackles of APC government in the state”.
She said: “All hands must be on deck to save the people of Ondo South Senatorial District and other parts of the state from the shackles of the so-called progressives party.
“The good people of Ondo South Senatorial District have made up their minds to pitch tent with the PDP to wrestle power from the APC at all levels in the 2019 general elections.”
Mrs Akindele-Martins urged the people to support the enthronement of the PDP at all levels of government.