Jonathan’s Chief of Staff in-law joins APC in Ekiti State
Okeya, a former Commissioner during the first tenure of Governor Ayo Fayose, led over 5,000 PDP members into the APC at a rally held over the weekend at Emure Ekiti, headquarters of Emure Local Government Area.
All the defectors who came from all the ten wards in the council area were received into their new party by the state APC Chairman, Chief Olajide Awe, who was represented by his deputy, Mrs. Kemi Olaleye.
Other leaders who received Okeya into the APC fold included Ekiti South Senatorial Chairman, Kayode Babade; State Publicity Secretary, Taiwo Olatunbosun; former House of Representatives member, Dr. Ife Arowosoge; former deputy governorship candidate, Alhaja Mariam Ogunlade, among others.
Okeya, who is an in-law to the former Chief of Staff to former President Goodluck Jonathan, Chief Mike Oghiadomhe, said he had to leave the PDP because the umbrella party has been taken over by those he described as “criminals, crooks, rogues and ragamuffins.”
He said the PDP in Ekiti lacks internal democracy and has become a “one-man show and sole proprietorship in which the governor has hijacked the functions of the Deputy Governor, Speaker, Secretary to the State Government, Chief of Staff and State Party Chairman.”
Okeya said: “The disenchantment I had with PDP is that it had lost focus and direction. We built PDP from scratch and by the grace of God we made it an election-winning platform but the leadership lost direction.
“Rogues, criminals and ragamuffins have taken hijacked the party; there is lack of internal democracy and it was imposition galore. No sane person when one man hijacks every aspect.
“In fact, they have willingly subverted the constitution of the party, abandoned its manifesto and that type of party cannot produce good governance.
“They are so selfish, self-centred and internal conflict resolution mechanism has been abandoned. They don’t obey any rules again and it is a party of anything goes; it is a party of impunity and their impunity has driven Nigeria to where it is today.
“You can see the crowd that is joining APC with me, we are over 5,000 and more are still coming. With me in APC now, PDP cannot win any election here again.”
Awe described Okeya as a grassroots politician who would add value to the APC. He explained that all those who are joining the party would be accorded all the privileges due to them.
The party chief charged APC members to continue to work on other PDP members with a view to winning them over to their broom party.
Babade said Okeya is now a progressive, saying the ideals of the APC is to provide good governance.
Olatunbosun said the APC despite being in the opposition is waxing stronger everyday, saying the party would not rest on its oars until it wins back power to offer quality