The Peoples Democratic Party and Accord party were today diminished by one each in the state house of assembly as their member decamped into the rulling Action Congress of Nigeria.
The defection took place on the floor of the house today the two lawmakers – Hon. Mathew Abioye (PDP) representing Ogo Oluwa/Surulere Constituency and Hon. Temitope Olatoye (Accord Party) (aka Sugar) from Lagelu Constituency – announced their decampment at the floor of the House on Tuesday.
The news caused wild jubilation in the camp of the Action Congress of Nigeria (ACN) in Oyo State, as the membership of ACN, which used to be 15, has now increased to 17, with the PDP and AP having 10 and six members respectively, putting the party in majority
While Abioye from PDP is a two-term member of the House, Olatoye from Accord was voted to the House in 2011.
The lawmakers,waved brooms, the insignia of the ACN, after their declaration for the ruling party at the House of Assembly, thereafter trooped to the Governor’s office to declare their loyalty to Governor Abiola Ajimobi.
The governor, while receiving them in his office, expressed happiness that the lawmakers had thought it wise and expedient to join ACN, a development which he said had put the ruling party in a vantage position in the House.
The Speaker of the House, Mrs. Monsurat Sunmonu, while describing the decampment as a welcome development, expressed the optimism that more of the lawmakers in the opposition parties would still join ACN.
Abioye hinged his decision to leave his former party on the fact that PDP had become a divided house, adding that the party produced parallel executives from two different congresses.
Also commenting, Hon. Olatoye said that he decided to join the ruling party in the interest of his people, majority of whom he said had embraced ACN.
Reacting to the defection Chairman of Accord party in the state, Lawal Bashir said the defection will not distabilise the party in the state.
He stated that those who won election on the platform of Accord did not do so on their personality but on the personality of Senator Rashidi Ladoja.
He lashed out at the house of assembly for rubber stamping every bill that comes from the executive to the house rather than constructively arguing merit and demerit of the bill.
He said the defecting Accord Party member knows Accord is his home.
Our man reports that the Accord Party leader Senator Rashidi Ladoja is on six weeks vacation abroad.