By Sunday Aloba, Ado-Ekiti
Members of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Ekiti State haveÂ launched what it termed “Operation Reclaim Ekiti”.According to the members, the move aimed at membership mobilizationÂ drive and sensitization of the electorate towards achieving victory atÂ the next governorship election.
Chairman of the party in the state, Olajide Awe, flagged off theÂ launch on Saturday in Okemesi Ekiti in Ekiti West Local GovernmentÂ Area where hundreds of Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and Labour PartyÂ (LP) joined the party at a rally held in the town.
Among those who joined the APC from the PDP are the former Chairman ofÂ Ekiti West Local Government, Gbenga Ogunleye and former House ofÂ Assembly member, Ajibade Owolabi who represented Ekiti WestÂ Constituency 2 between 2007 and 2011.
Awe was joined on the podium to receive the defectors by his deputy,Â Mrs. Keri Olaleye; Secretary, Paul Omotoso; Publicity Secretary, TaiwoÂ Olatunbosun and other members of the state party executive.
Ogunleye said he had no option than to take the “painful” decision of Â quitting PDP which he said has completely derailed from the dream ofÂ its founding fathers and the expectation of Ekiti people.
“In the last two years, I am last a fish without water. We haveÂ options, better options and it’s decision I have to take and I amÂ happy that I have taken the decision to join the progressives”,Â Ogunleye said.
Owolabi regretted that the impact of the PDP government has not beenÂ felt in Okemesi unlike during the APC administration which he saidÂ executed life-changing projects for the people.
He said: “I am interested in the development of this community, IÂ believe if the APC should come to power, this state is safe. We wantÂ to move along with the progressives because our people benefited moreÂ under the APC than the present PDP government.”
Awe said: “I congratulate all of you for leaving the locust party,Â never again shall we allow that party (PDP) to come to power again inÂ Ekiti because out people in Ekiti have learnt their lesson.
“We are here to launch Operation Reclaim Ekiti from those presentlyÂ destroying it to send a strong signal that the APC is on ground. OurÂ people have weighed both parties and they now know which one is
“We (APC) did our best, managed Ekiti better and gave our people theÂ best but today, they have seen that ‘stomach infrastructure’ does notÂ hold water again. By the grace of God, the APC is coming back to giveÂ our people good governance again and make life easier for them.”