Former Chief Whip of the Ekiti State House of Assembly, Hon. Sunday Akinniyi, on Tuesday quit the Peoples Democratic Party(PDP) and joined the All Progressives Congress(APC).
This came barely a week after a former Deputy Majority Leader of the Assembly, Hon. Ebenezer Alagbada took a similar action.
He said he decided to join the campaign of Dr Fayemi, because of the alleged shabby way Fayose had treated Olukere of Ikere, Oba Ganiyu Obasoyin over supremacy battle with the Ogoga of Ikere Ekiti, Oba Adejimi Adu.
Akinniyi accused Fayose of neglecting his constituents in major projects executed in Ikere Ekiti, while also alleging that the governor dribbled the community by reneging on his promise to give Olukere a staff of office.
“The Obas turned in their report and Governor Fayose never acted on it. Rather than recognizing Olukere, they set him up for murder and put him in detention and that was why I decided not to support his governorship candidate, Prof Kolapo Olusola.
“All the projects he did in Ikere, including the dualisation were
concentrated in constituency I. I used to raise issues about this and that was why they removed me as the Chief Whip instead of the allegation of docility and sleeping at plenary they leveled against me”, he stated.
Akinniyi alleged that he had severally been humiliated and threatened on the floor of the House by Fayose’s agents just because he raised issues that bordered on the welfare of his people.
He said this accounted for why he was labelled and portrayed as being disloyal and as enemy of the state government.
“Apart from all these, the PDP that sponsored in 2015 had been in constant crises and now irreversibly divided and polarized to the extent that more than half of its members have moved out of the party
in recent times to join APC.
“As a democrat, I cannot continue to remain in a party that had been polarized by internal crises because my continued stay will not allow me to effectively represent my people.
“After due consultations with leaders and people of my constituency, I hereby resign my membership of the PDP due to irreconcilable
factionalisation of the party in Ekiti following the rancorous
“I view of this, I use this opportunity to announce my defection to APC from effect from today, June 26, 2018,” he said.