Hundreds of the Peoples Democratic Party and All Progressives Congress members in Ondo State on Sunday defected to the Social Democratic Party in Ode Irele, the headquarters of Irele Local Government Area of the state.
The defectors said they decided to join the SDP because they were tired of their former parties which they said had allegedly neglected them, saying the state government too had abandoned their area in terms of developmental projects .
Leader of defectors and women leader of the PDP in the local government, Mrs Ibidun Balogun said ” many of us sold our goods and farm produce particularly to support this government of PDP but at the end of the day, it was neglect, backstabbing and victimisation while they also levied us with heavy taxes and unfavourable policy.
“As of today, there are no meaningful developmental projects in Ode Irele and our people have been left in their own fate particularly on the total electricity blackout going to two years in the community and the southern part of the state”.
Welcoming the decampees, the National Chairman of SDP, Chief Olu Falae, said the image of the Social Democratic Party has started soaring higher in the state since the official defection of Dr. Olu Agunloye with thousands of supporters to the party.
Falae, who was represented by the party’s senatorial chairman (South),Mr. Lekan Adeodu, said the party was keenly ready to contest and win with a landslide in the forthcoming governorship election in the state.
Earlier, the governorship candidate of the party , Dr. Olu Agunloye, said with the defection of the former PDP and APC members to the party, the SDP remained unbeatable in the race to the government ‘s seat, expressing optimism that he would be the next governor of the state.
He advised the new members to get prepare for a neighbour-to-neighbour campaign in order to get massive support for the party ahead of the governorship election.