The Ekiti state chairman of the Peoples Party of Nigeria (PPN) Dare Adekolu, has received about 1000 defectors from the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) and the opposition Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) into his party.
Adekolu said the new members would not be discriminated against in the empowerment programme of the party.
The PPN chairman assured the new members that they would enjoy similar privileges with others, as well as be given equal opportunities as old members, hence their inclusion in ongoing enumeration exercise for the anticipated beneficiaries of the empowerment.
The PPN chairman told the new members: “The empowerment programme was designed to help alleviate the untold economic hardship that successive administrations in the state had put the people in. It is for members who are petty traders across Ekiti State just to cushion the effect of economic sabotage.
“It is just a way of lifting the society. We don’t have to wait until we get to government before we better people’s lot. It is to let our people know that we will do better when we get to government.”
The chairman, who said the PPN was concerned about safeguarding the future of the younger ones with a view to building a Nigeria of the people’s dream, charged the members to be committed to the party’s ideals, vision and mission and as well spread the news of the “promising party”.
According to him, PPN carefully chose all its candidates including its presidential flagbearer, Major Hamza Al-Mustapha (rtd), “with sights on patriotic and selfless individuals who have sights on the development of the nation and their various constituents”.
Meanwhile, Hon (Mrs) Ajibua Folasade Arike and Hon Akomolafe Ayodele, who spoke on behalf of the defectors, said the failure of the governments of PDP and APC to make life better for the citizenry as a result of their ill-planned and lopsided socio-economic policies informed their decision to move to PPN, which they described as the hope of the masses.