PDP has lost its main collation agent in Ogun to APC.
Fatoki has joined the ruling party, a week before the Governship elections.
Other Chieftains also followed Fatoki’s path, and joined the ruling party.
EKO HOT BLOG reports that the Ogun State collation agent for Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) Presidential candidate, Atiku Abubakar, Johnson Fatoki, during the February 25th, 2023 presidential election, has dumped the party
Fatoki dumped PDP for the All Progressives Congress (APC).
Fatoki, who was a major agent to the former vice president in the last election, joined APC ahead of governorship and House of Assembly elections scheduled for the 18th of March, 2023.
The defection of the PDP agent added to the list of opposition party leaders who have dumped their party to support the second-term ambition of the state governor, Dapo Abiodun.
Apart from Fatoki, other chieftains of the PDP who dumped joined APC, include Segun Seriki, Otunba Femi Osifade, Saula Adegunwa, Ralph Olaosebikan and Tola Mebude.
Others are the former Financial Secretary of PDP in Ogun State, Bola Odumosun, Chairman of the Elders Council, Alhaji T.A. Olatokunbo, Alhaja Fatimo Sonibare, former chairman of Ijebu East Local Government, Michael Agbolaade and former House of Assembly member, Akeem Salami.
Speaking at Iperu-Remo country home of Governor Abiodun, Fatoki, who is the leader of the Ogun Central team and former member of Ogun State House of Assembly, said the group made up of members of different political parties went through a lot of pressure and overtures from various political parties, but decided to pitch their tent with Governor Abiodun.
Fatoki described the group as a complete team, adding it is made up of experienced politicians from Ogun Central who are leaders in their respective communities and are not pushed over in the political terrain.
Fatoki said, “This team is a complete team. Our members cut across different parties who had held at least one political post currently in the past.
“We are not here to demand anything but here to work for the governor. The party will win even after Governor Abiodun’s next four years. We know that whether we join the APC or not, the party will still win, so it is better we join now.”
He noted that the inclusive policy and the developmental strides of the incumbent administration across the state, attracted the group to the APC, emphasizing that they were not coming into the party for personal gains but for the benefit of their people.
Abiodun, in response to the statement, described the leader of the group, Fatoki, as a forthright, reliable, consistent and committed individual who is not a pushover in both the Ogun State and national politics, having served the PDP in various capacities.
The governor explained that the inclusive policy of his administration was to open up the political space and make it easy for many people to join the APC.
Abiodun lauded the groups for taking the right step in the right direction, adding that though it was tough, the decision would enable them to be in the mainstream and play an active part in serving their people.
He said, “My being in government is to impact the lives of the people. Your decision to join us will make you active players in decision-making because most of the projects we executed are from the people.”
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