With barely four days left to the Kogi governorship election, members of Senator Smart Adeyemi’s political organisation and notable Peoples Democratic Party’s chieftains in Okunland have defected to the All Progressives Congress.
Leading the defectors in an elaborate ceremony held on Monday in Iyara, headquarters of Ijumu Local Government Area, was Fehinti Dada, director-general of the organisation and former chairman of the council.
Receiving the defectors, the APC standard bearer, Abubakar Audu, commended their courage, saying the wind of change spreading across the country had finally come to Kogi.
He urged them to bring their wealth of experience to bear on the party to enable it shine at Saturday’s poll.
Mr. Dada said he and the other members of the organisation defected from the PDP because the party had failed the people.
He said a survey conducted by the organisation showed that the PDP-led administration in the state had collapsed activities at the third tier of government and placed council staff on percentage pay.
“I was in Ikole local government area of Ekiti last week.
“To my surprise, the council did not owe workers and recorded lot of achievements that had direct impact on the people, despite receiving less allocation in comparison to most councils in Kogi”, he said.
Mr. Dada assured Mr. Audu that the defectors would work with the existing party structure on ground and deliver the council to the APC.
In a related development, Duro Meseko, a former member of the House of Representatives, who represented Kabba/Bunu Federal Constituency between 2003 and 2007, also dumped the PDP for the APC with thousands of his supporters at Iluke in Kaba/Bunu constituency.
Mr. Meseko said he and his supporters could not afford to be left out in the wind of change blowing across the country and implored the people of Bunu to come out en-masse and vote for the APC on Saturday.
Dino Melaye, senator representing Kogi West Senatorial District in the Senate advised the defectors to join hands with older members of the party to defeat the PDP administration in the state.
He said Mr. Audu remained the best of the candidates jostling to rule the state because of his wealth of experience in statecraft and verifiable achievements that had continued to affect lives positively across the state.
Fayemi Presents Over N109 billion As Budget Estimate For 2021
Governor of Ekiti State, Kayode Fayemi has presented the proposed budget for the 2021 fiscal year in the State.
The Governor on Monday presented a budget estimate of over N109 billion for the 2021 fiscal year.
Governor Fayemi, while presenting the budget at the State House of Assembly complex yesterday in Ado-Ekiti described the 2021 budget as “Budget of Recovery and Economic Restoration.”
The budget has a recurrent expenditure of N57, 997,898,982.62k while the capital expenditure has N51, 668,386,739.99k.
Fayemi, said the budget proposal presented contains the policy thrust, programmes, and vision of his administration for 2021, saying efforts shall be made to source the needed resources to fund the budget.
National Broadcast: PDP Slams Buhari Over ‘Disappointing, Empty’ Speech – PDP
Recall that Buhari in his speech called for an end to the protest, adding that his government had already accepted and started implementing demands of the protesters.
He, however, failed to acknowledge the shooting of protesters by soldiers of the Nigerian Army at the Lekki Toll Gate on Tuesday night.
Reacting in a statement on Thursday night by its spokesperson, Kola Ologbodinyan, the PDP said Buhari’s address was depressing and failed empathy test.
The party appealed to Nigerians, particularly the youth, to remain calm and allow a return to normal life in the collective quest for peaceful co-existence in the overall interest of the nation.
PDP Asks Buhari To Stop Killing Of #EndSARS Protesters Across Nigeria
This was contained in a statement titled “EndSARS- Lekki Massacre,” signed by the PDP National Publicity Secretary, Kola Ologbondiyan, late on Tuesday.
Ologbodiyan said, “The Peoples Democratic Party, condemns in very strong terms, the killing of peaceful protesters at the Lekki Toll Gate in Lagos as well as other parts of our country.
“It is shocking that security agents and, in some cases, thugs, were reportedly deployed to end the lives of promising Nigerians. This, to say the least, is saddening.
“Those responsible for the heinous murder of the innocent and harmless Nigerians must account for their nefarious acts.
“The PDP calls on President Muhammadu Buhari to immediately direct an end to these wanton killings across our nation.
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