Ondo Assembly crisis: Another PDP lawmaker joins APC
The ongoing leadership crisis rocking the Ondo State House of Assembly is still unresolved as another member of the Peoples Democratic Party in House, Mr. Sola Oluyede has defected to the All Progressives Congress.
The development has increased the number of the APC members in the House. The speaker, Mr. Bamidele Oloyelogun and three others had earlier defected on Monday. The PDP now has 16 members while the ruling party had 10.
Oluyede, representing Ose State Constituency in the Assembly, announced his defection on the floor of the House during the plenary session on Tuesday.
The session was attended by the factional 13 lawmakers and presided over by the new speaker, Oloyelogun but the 13 members loyal to the former speaker, Mrs. Jumoke Akindele again boycotted the session.
Oluyede stated that his defection had the approval of the people of his constituency, saying he had made due consultation before taking the decision.
He said, “My defection is basically because I am a progressive person. I am from the Ondo North Senatorial District where the governor comes from and I have to join him to move the state forward.”
Meanwhile, the 13 members of the House loyal to former speaker, Akindele said the faction was not bothered about the defection of their colleague lawmakers to the ruling party.
The spokesman of the faction, Mr. Siji Akindiose said there was nothing attractive in the new government of the APC that just started in the state, that would warrant defection of the lawmakers to the party.
He said, “This is just the government that just coming on board, what is it that attracted them to the party or the governor? We have no mandate to oppose any elected governor. We are just insisting that right things must be done.
“That someone belongs to the APC does not mean that such a person is more loyal to the governor than the PDP members in the House.”