Leaders of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Ogun State have reiterated the need for the party to win all elective positions in the state.
The leaders, including a former Deputy Governor, Mr. Rafiu Ogunleye, and his wife, Bose; Chairman, Organisation and Mobilisation Committee, Mr. Buruji Kashamu; former acting Zonal Secretary, Chief Jegba Otemolu; state Chairman, PDP, Mr. Adebayo Dayo; former Commissioner for Justice and Attorney-General, Chief Tola Odulaja; a party stalwart, Alhaji Agboola Alausa, former Commissioner for Education, Mr. Yomi Akinwonmi, among others.
The leaders bemoaned the condition of the state civil servants, market men and women as well as the artisans under the All Progressives Congress (APC) government.
They all spoke at the weekend at a reception held in Abigi, Ogun Waterside Local Government Area for over 2,650 defectors to the PDP.
The defectors were made up of 1,950 people from the Labour Party (LP) and APC while the remaining 700 were from former President Olusegun Obasanjoâ€™s group who deified his directive to join the APC.
While Mrs. Ajayi Anifat spoke on behalf of the Obasanjo group in the local government, Mr. Sesan Ojulasan did for the defectors from the APC and the LP.
They said having been with the other platforms, they had found out that the interest of their people would be better served under a PDP-led government, hence their decision to pitch their tent with it.
Ogunleye, however, urged the people to compare their condition when the PDP was in government in the state with what is presently obtainable.
He added: â€œNow, there is a total disconnect between the government and the people. We need to work hard to return to government and return government to the people.â€
In his address, Kashamu appealed to the people to shun entreaties from â€œthose who have chosen to work against the party that made them politically and go all out to mobilise for the PDP.â€
While receiving the defectors, Dayo told them that they had made the best decision by joining the PDP, adding that â€œthere shall be no discrimination of any sort against you. From today henceforth, we are all one and the same.â€
Other leaders who spoke at the event reminded the people that Ogun Waterside Local Government had always been a stronghold of the PDP since 1999, adding that the party had always won elections in the area.
They urged them to work hard and ensure that they repeat the same feat in the coming elections.