The outgoing Ekiti State Governor, Ayodele Fayose’s plan to install his deputy, Professor Kolapo Olusola Eleka as his successor may have been dealt a big blow as several key members of his government and Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), dumped the party for the All Progressives Congress (APC).
One of them is the state Commissioner for Justice and attorney-general under Fayose administration, Mr. Owoseni Ajayi even as Senator Fatimat Raji Rasaki, representing Ekiti Central Senatorial District also left to join APC. She is the wife of a former military governor of Lagos.
There was also Olamide Oni, House of Representatives on the PDP ticket, representing Efon/Ijero/Ekiti West Federal Constituency.
Senator Rasaki represents the largest constituency in the state, the same area where Fayemi picked his running mate, an old political war-horse Chief Bisi Egbeyemi.
Political pundits said if the Ekiti central senatorial constituency vote for Fayemi, the election will be lost by the PDP candidate, Olusola Eleka.
The switching of allegiances by the PDP legislators was one of the highlights at the mega rally of the APC governorship candidate in the Saturday, July 14 election, Dr. Kayode Fayemi. The rally was held at the Oluyemi Kayode Stadium in Ado Ekiti.
President Muhammadu Buhari was on hand to receive the defectors, among who was also the chief whip of the state house of assembly, Sunday Akinniyi.
The National Chairman of APC, Adams Oshiomole, was also on hand to receive the defectors. He assured them of equal treatment in the party.
Speaking on behalf of the defectors, Senator Rasaki, said they had to dump the PDP because of the selfishness of Governor Fayose in the state.
According to her, the PDP in the state has been monopolized by a single individual, who would not allow justice and fair play in the day-to day running of the affairs of the party.
Former Minister of State for Works, Prince Dayo Adeyeye was the first to jump out of the Fayose PDP boat, after a controversial primary election, the outcome of which the lawyer-journalist said was predetermined in favour of Kolapo Olusola-Eleka.