Going by events of Monday, there are Indications that the Ekiti State chapter of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has lost some of its aspirants and a serving Senator to the Social Democratic party (SDP).
The affected members include some of the aggrieved aspirants who have been at loggerheads with the state chapter of the party over the imposition of the Deputy Governor, Prof. kolapo Olusola as the sole candidate of the party ahead of the July 14 governorship election in the state.
The aspirants present at the stakeholder meeting of the SDP put together at the instance of the national leadership of the party, held in Ado Ekiti, the state capital on Monday, included the former deputy Governor to Ayodele Fayose, Mr Bisi Omoyeni, the former Ambassador to Canada, Mr Dare Bejide who was represented by Hon. Yemi Arokodare, while Senator Raji Rasaki was represented at the forum by Chief Titi Oluwatuyi, who announced her desire to join the party.
Omoyeni, a former Managing Director of the Wema Bank told the stakeholder of the SDP not to fear because nobody can intimidate them.
“This party was established by divine creation and it has become the third force. Be rest assured that our people are coming en masse to this party. Any support the party need to occupy Oke Ayoba (government house) we will render it.
“Most of the aspirants who are still slugging it out in other parties are coming here. In fact, 70 percent of the members of PDP in Ekiti are moving to SDP.”
Fielding questions from reporters after the stakeholders meeting, the National Publicity Secretary, Mr Yemi Akinbode who led other National Working Committee of the SDP to the stakeholders meeting, said that the meeting was called because of the Ekiti election which he said was strategic to the party.
“This is the first meeting after the inauguration of the interim state working committee of SDP, because the election is fast approaching and we have little or no time on our hands, the leadership of the party at the National level mandated me and others including Prof Tunde Adeniran to come to Ekiti state to quickly put together the stakeholders meeting to explain to them the vision, programmes as well as the structure of the party and our expectation in the coming Governorship election in Ekiti.
“You can see that this is the first meeting and the attendance was good. People are already coming out who ordinarily will not have shown their faces. This is an indication that this is the party to beat.
“It is instructive that those sending representatives are already here. Bisi Omoyeni is here by himself. That is to show that is here with us. Ambassador Dare Bejide and Hon. Arokodare are here and that is to show that more are still coming and that is an indication that the house that divided against itself can’t stand and that is to show that the PDP is in trouble.
“Our doors are still open to members from other parties who are willing to join the moving train. Our goal and objective is to win the governorship election in Ekiti come July 14,” he said.
The SDP, however, constituted six standing committees for the purpose of galvanizing support for the party ahead of the July 14 election. They are the Contact and Mobilization, Youth, Women, Communication and strategy, Result and Funding and Elders Committees.
Meanwhile, the Advance People Democratic Party (APDA) in Ekiti State said it has merged with the SDP. The leader of the party in the state, Chief S. O Elebute who led some members of the party to the SDP stakeholders meeting, made the declaration on Monday.
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