The Wife of Ondo State Governor, Mrs Betty Akeredolu, on Saturday received over 600 decampees into the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Oniparaga ward 9 in Odigbo local government area of the state.
The defectors, who are from six political parties, according to the governor’s wife would boost the reelection bid of Gov. Rotimi Akeredolu.
Mrs Akeredolu, who received the defectors, under the platform of Non-Indigene Coalition at Oniparaga town hall, said the first four years of Gov. Akeredolu attracted numerous achievements in infrastructural development, worker’s welfare and creating enabling environment for businesses to strive.
“In the past, non indigenes have always complain of negligence, and marginalization, but the present administration under the leadership of Gov. Rotimi Akeredolu accommodates non indigene by giving them appointment for equitable sense of belonging.
“I am a one of you, a non indigene, but became an indigine by marriage, so, this is a very strong message here, a demonstration that non indigene in ondo state matters a lot, especially in election process.
“We quite understand non indigene vote goes along way during voting process and that is the reason am here to seek for your support, we want your vote for Gov. Akeredolu and I can assure both the decampees and everyone here that you will not regret it.
“Recently, we have initiated the first of its kind registration of non indigene online that will capture the real figure, this will help us to identify whatever challenge they feel government can be of assistance to improve their lives,”She said.
The first lady commended the decampees for choosing the right path of progressive government in the state and assure them that everyone will benefit as its all inclusive government.
A prominent member of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Oniparaga ward 9, Mr. Chika Eze decamped to APC with more than 300 followers and was received by Mrs Akeredolu.
Eze said that Oniparaga has more than 15 thousand voting capacity which amount to largest voting area in Odigbo constituency 2.
Eze said that they decided to joined the APC because of the numerous achievements of Gov. Akeredolu in the last four years.
“We hereby throw our weight behind Gov. Akeredolu in making sure the good work he started continue by contributing our quota to his re-election into office for a second time,”Eze said.
Mr. Nweke Emmanuel from Action Democratic Party (ADP) in Oniparaga ward 9,s he led others to join the progressive family with a view to move the state forward.
The News Agency of Nigeria, (NAN) reports that the decampees came from 6 different political parties to include: PDP, Zenith Labour Party (ZLP), Action Democratic Party, (ADP) Action Alliance (AA) and African Democratic Party(ADC)(NAN)