It was a historic day in Kogi State today, as supporters and chieftains of the People’s Democratic Party, the All Progressive Congress, the Social Democratic Party, the Youth Progressive Party, and others decamped to the African Democratic Congress (ADC) in Yagba Federal Constituency in support of the constituency’s House Member, Hon. Leke Joseph Abejide, ahead of the 2023 general election.
In describing the defection, Hon Leke, the state’s most powerful federal legislator, stated that the defection of party faithful, including key stakeholders from opposition political parties in Yagba, is an indication of ADC’s dominance.
Recall, last week, a stalwart of the APC, Hon. Tuesday Henry Abimbola, openly declared his intention to join the ADC in his home town. He officially joined the ADC and abandoned the APC, while rallying all of his supporters to support Leke for a second term.
Chief Asaje, who was previously an APC member, also openly renounced the APC and embraced the ADC, saying that his decision to join the ADC train is based on the achievements of Hon. Leke Abejide.
He listed his reasons for joining the ADC, with Leke’s successes at the top of the list.
He said, “I am prepared to work with and support Hon. Leke Abejide for a second term; based on his track record, we are prepared to support and campaign for him.”
Hon. Nike Akolade from Odo-Ere/ Oke-Ere/Akata ward, a big fish from APC, former Yagba West SSA on Women and Children mobilization, also defected from the former party to join ADC, saying leaving APC was one of the best decisions she ever made for the betterment of Yagba and the people of Odo Ere, Oke-Ere Akata.
“APC has left us with no option but to join the ADC, we love what Leke Abejide of ADC is doing, he has been a detribalized leader that reaches to the people at the grassroots, irrespective of a political party. His openness is one of the key attributes that distinguish him.
“Our defection from APC in Kogi state is also based on the hunger and suffering the party has introduced to our people, we are tired of underdevelopment. We want to progress in our land, with what Hon. Leke is doing in Yagba, progress is obtainable.”
Multitude of decampees from all the 34 wards in Yagba Federal Constituency declared support for the ADC, including Mr Charles, a youth frontrunner and former Youth leader in APC, Mr Olu Ologbon, former Chairman of APC ward 03 Od Egbe, and many other former executive members, stakeholders, and supporters.
Members of the YPP in Yagba also disbanded their party structure to join the ADC in the constituency.
The YPP representative stated that the party is officially joining ADC in order to grow stronger and deliver Hon. Leke and other state Assembly aspirants in 2023.
Leke known for numerous achievements, officially welcomed the decampees to the party, thanking them for joining and promising an open-door policy to accommodate all. He charged to always work in the best interests of ADC to promote its tenent of Arise and Shine for all.
He assured the new members of their sense of belonging in the party and charged ADC supporters and stakeholders across the wards to embrace and integrate the decampees as plans for the 2023 general election will be unfolded in the days ahead.