Barely 17 days to the June 18 governorship election in Ekiti State, all members of the state executives of Action Democratic Party (ADP) and local government party chairmen across the state have defected to the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC).

The defectors announced their exit at a media briefing on Wednesday in Ado-Ekiti, the state capital.

They alleged that their exit followed what they called ADP’s undemocratic tendencies and unfair treatment the former party meted out to them.

Speaking on behalf of the defectors, the ex-ADP State Financial Secretary Olagunju Oluwasegun said they joined APC because the ruling party was rooted in democratic and progressive ideals.

“What prompted us to defect to APC was the undemocratic tendencies and unfair treatment in our former party. We joined APC because of our belief in the political ideology of the ruling party,” he said.

Oluwasegun said he and the other defectors would work for the APC governorship candidate, Biodun Oyebanji.

Ex-ADP deputy governorship candidate, Idowu Afuye, who led the former state executives into the APC, said his earlier promise to woo more members from his former party to APC had been fulfilled.

“Three weeks ago when I was declaring for APC, I pledged that 20,000 people would follow me to join APC.

“As you can see today, all the executives of ADP are here, some local government party chairmen are here, despite the fact that all of them are with us. Many of them are still coming to join APC and the Ark of BAO.

“The purpose of joining this party is that I believe in this party, at the same time I believe in BAO. I have known him for more than 20 years. I know his capability, his ability to deliver the dividends of democracy to the people of Ekiti State,” he added.

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