Seven local government chairmen elected on the platform of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) Friday joined the All Progressives Congress (APC).
The local government chairmen who defected to the APC Friday, along with their supporters, described Fayemi as “a true leader who plays inclusive politics and never victimised them since coming to power last year.”
They were Ayodeji Daniel ( Ekiti West); Abiodun Dada (Ijero); Yemi Ayeni (Ikere); Tunde Aladegbami (Ido/Osi); Sikiru Ogundana (Ekiti East); Olubayode Okeya (Emure), and Yemi Owoeye (Efon).
Governor Fayemi was represented at the rally by his chief of staff, Biodun Omoleye.
Other party chieftains present included the state APC chairman, Barrister Paul Omotoso, and APC South-west zonal publicity secretary, Oladapo Karonwi.
The vice-chairmen and councillors in the seven councils also defected to APC just as some commercial motorcyclists and mining association members formally joined the party.
All the seven council chairmen expressed gratitude to Fayemi for restoring them back to office after they were removed from office by the immediate past Assembly, a development they said had not happened in the history of the state.
Aladegbami said Fayemi had set a record in ensuring harmonious relationship between opposition parties and never deceived or coerced them to join APC.
Ogundana advised the remaining local government chairmen still in the PDP to accept the reality and cross over to the APC.
APC zonal spokesperson Karonwi said the defectors had taken “the best decision by quitting PDP whose governance structures have collapsed irretrievably.”
Receiving the new members, the party chairman, Barr Omotoso, who described them as “great assets,” promised that they would not be discriminated against as they “will enjoy same privileges with old members.”
Omotoso said APC would give them a better platform to contribute to Ekiti development.