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A former member of the National Assembly and Peoples Democratic Party chieftain in Ekiti State, Bode Ola, was on Thursday received into the All Progressives Congress alongside a former member of the state House of Assembly, Segun Ola, and their supporters.
The former senator, who was Chairman of State Universal Basic Education Board under the administration of Mr. Ayodele Fayose, and the former state lawmaker who served as a member of the House of Assembly Service Commission, had earlier joined APC on Wednesday evening at Ward 6 in Ado Ekiti.
Ola, who spoke at a rally in the Okeyinmi area of Ado Ekiti where they were publicly received into the APC, said the impact of Governor Kayode Fayemi’s administration on the state and its people attracted him to the APC.
He said, “The way this administration has started revealed that they have the love of the masses at heart.
“The policies they made in the education sector are legendary. I was in charge of SUBEB in the last administration, a sum of N3.5bn was left untouched.
“Within this short period of time, we can see how this administration has rightfully deployed those resources to boost our education sector.”
On his part, the former state lawmaker said Fayemi’s campaign slogan, “Reclaiming our land and restoring our value,” attracted him to the party.
He claimed that “marauders” who occupied leadership positions in the state between 2014 and 2018 misplaced the values of the land.
The state deputy governor, Chief Bisi Egbeyemi, who received the defectors, said, “We are happy that Senator Bode Ola is back to our party and we welcome Segun Ola. Senator Ola has come back to where he belongs. These are men of reputable character, they came from a good family.
“We brought goodwill to Ekiti people, salaries are now paid as and when due and we have started clearing the backlog of salaries owed by the previous administration.”