Governorship candidate of the Action Democratic Party (ADP) in the June 18 Ekiti State election, Kemi Elebute-Halle, has described the defection of his running mate, Idowu Afuye, to the All Progressives Congress (APC), as inconsequential.
Elebute-Halle said Afuye’s defection poses no threat to ADP’s bright chances to form the next government, stressing that the party has become a household name and the first choice for Ekiti people.
Afuye last week dumped the ADP for the APC, citing lack of clear-cut vision and display of undemocratic tendencies by the party’s governorship candidate.
But Elebute-Halle, while addressing journalists in Ado-Ekiti yesterday, Afuye’s reasons for jumping ship, saying he left the party in exchange for ‘political tokenism’ offered him by the APC.
She described Afuye’s exit from the party as a ‘blessing with no negative electoral implication on her governorship ambition because her estranged running mate has been a clog in the wheel of her quest to rescue Ekiti from the shackles of poverty, insecurity and underdevelopment’.
The politician narrated how Afuye had plotted to undermine the ADP, even in his council area, saying the party leadership had kept him incommunicado before he finally announced his exit from the party.
According to her, the kind of attention and reception accorded Afuye, ‘a paper weight, by the APC, clearly showed that the ruling party was a desperate and sinking party struggling to stay afloat’.
She added: “I have invested so much time and resources into the race such that there is no place for being a sell out. I will never betray the confidence my supporters repose in me, even if I would be the only one to vote for myself on election day.
“Up till now, Afuye’s defection is still a speculation. My deputy governorship candidate is yet to formally leave the party. He only quit the party, not resign. We are yet to be informed about this. Whatever he has done, it is deemed to be done under duress and for political reasons. Those who pushed him into it failed to recognise that the moment one is enlisted in the INEC published list, there is no going back…”