THE member representing Ise/Osun Constituency in Ekiti State House of Assembly, Mr. Ebenezer Ade Alagbada, has defected from the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), on which platform he was elected to the House, to the All Progressives Congress (APC).
Alagbada, who addressed newsmen in Ado Ekiti, on Tuesday, also announced his resignation as the Deputy Majority Leader of the House of Assembly and said: “I also use this opportunity to announce my defection to the All Progressives Congress (APC) forthwith.”
He said he had consulted with his leaders and the people of his Ise/Orun Local Government, and added that he had “obtained their full consent before this historic declaration.”
According to him, “I’m aware and it is a historical fact that during the 2014 PDP primary, Governor Ayo Fayose promised my constituency, Ise/Orun, the governorship after his tenure. We were therefore very hopeful when two of our illustrious sons, Prince Dayo Adeyeye and Mr. Owoseeni Ajayi came out to show interests to contest for the PDP gubernatorial candidate.
“My constituency was therefore shocked and surprised when none of the two aspirants from my constituency was found worthy of support by the governor.”
Alagbada alleged that the governor not only reneged on the promise, “he worked ruthlessly to ensure their manipulation out as candidate of the PDP in preference for the deputy governor, Professor Kolapo Olusola Eleka, who was nowhere when we risked everything to ensure the victory of the governor both at the primary and general election.”
He noted that Adeyeye and Ajayi “have since left in protest to join the APC. My constituency too, who elected me into the House of Assembly are also aggrieved and have directed me to follow suit with my leaders.”
He said: “Consequently, in accordance with the directive of the good people of Ise/Orun constituency of Ekiti state House of Assembly, I hereby resign as the Deputy Majority Leader of Ekiti State House of Assembly and my membership of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) due to irreconcilable breaking into factions of the PDP in Ekiti state following the rancorous gubernatorial primary.”