A member of the House of Representatives, Hon Ajibola Muraina, Engr. Remi Oseni, 2019 ADC gubernatorial aspirant, Asiwaju Yemi Aderibigbe, former Special Adviser to Governor Seyi Makinde, Hon. Ademola Omotoso – former Executive Chairman of Ibadan North LGA and others have officially joined the All Progressives Congress, (APC) in Oyo state.
Muraina and others over 30,00p members of the ruling People’s Democratic Party (PDP), African Democratic Congress (ADC) and Accord Party into the APC on Saturday in Ibadan, the state capital..
While speaking, Honourable Ajibola Muraina said he was the coordinator that rearranged the PDP in 2016-2018 for victory in election.
He added that he’s bringing the experience into the APC.
His words: “I was the coordinator that re-arranged PDP for 2016-2018 election before we took power from APC. I am bringing that experience as the 3rd term member of House of Representatives.
“I will also use my electoral value and all God has given me to support APC for the development and growth in the party and the state.”
Also speaking, the senator representing Oyo Central Senatorial District, Senator Teslim Folarin said more people are still coming to join the APC.
He added that the new decampees have equal rights other members of the party have.
He said: “There are still more coming. We just want to stagger it. Look at the quality players we are bringing into ten team. They are real politicians. They are winners. They are not used to losing. These are politicians we have brought into the fold. So, we are very happy.
“The defection was well impressive. Giving the fact of Ramadan that people fasted today, and they are tired, the turnout was very impressive.
“I also want to make a point that in APC today, when you join, you have equally rights and privileges with everyone. So, that is an attraction for them to come. So, there are more coming. These people will guarantee us victory.”
The Chairman of the party in the state, Mr Isaac Omodewu said the PDP signed one player while they signed more than 10.
Omodewu said a time is coming that the APC will also sign Governor Seyi Makinde.
His words: “The defectors of today are first batch. More batches are still coming. Members of Labour Party are still coming. They signed one player, we signed more than 10 or more than 20 players. It is a game. We are working seriously and we are taking that government back.
“A time is coming that we sha also sign Seyi Makinde to APC. This is manifestation of what APC is doing underneath. We are winning.”
Other notable personality who joined the APC are Asiwaju Adekola Adeoye; former Youth Leader of the PDP, Hon Akeem Okedina – former Chairman of Ido LGA; Chief Michael Adegbite – former state chairman PDP and former executive chairman of Kajola LGA; Hon. Wasiu Emiola – former state secretary Oyo PDP and former member, Oyo SUBEB; Hon. Soji Olaojo – former educational secretary and former state chairman of NNPP; Sir Adigun Olawuwo – former Oyo senatorial chairman of PDP; Hon. Hussein Akinlabi – 2019 ADC House of Rep candidate for Ibarapa Central/North; Alhaji Surakat Busari – former leader of PDP in Akinyele LGA and Hon Femi Ajayi Oye – former leader of PDP in Lagelu LGA.
Other parties’ top notchers included Chief Olawuwo Adigun – former vice-chairman (South) PDP Oyo State; Hon. Sabitu Moliki former state Ex Officio of PDP; Asiwaju Adekola Adeoye – former State Youth Leader of both PDP and ADC; Hon. Gbenga Coker – former State Organising Secretary of Accord Party; Hon. Lukman Adeoye – former Secretary of PDP in Ibarapa East LGA and former State Youth Leader of ADC; Hon, Bola Akinyemi – former State administrative secretary Accord Party and former member of Governing Council, The Polytechnic Ibadan; Hon Suleiman Awujoola – former National Southwest Chairman, Atiku Abubakar organization; and Mrs Hannah Olufunke Babarinde – former federal Constituency Women Leader of PDP Ibarapa North/Central.
Other defected PDP leaders from Ibarapa Central LGA where Rt. Hon. Muraina comes from included Alhaji Abiola Azeez – PDP Chairman for Ibarapa Central; Mrs Toyin Afolabi – Women Leader PDP Ibarapa Central; and Hon. Lukmon Uthmon – former PDP state assistant secretary. Other former PDP leaders from the council area that ported to APC are Alhaji Rasaq Olatunde Garai, Chief Segun Adeleye, Chief Isiaka Oladoja, Hon. Olakunle Sunmonu, Mrs Nike Adegoke, Mr. Bayo Okedokun, Alhaji Najeem Afolabi, Mr. Akanni Oyadiran, Mr. Alani Oguntade, Mrs Funmilayo Olabiyi, Pastor Gbadebo, and among others.