Signs that all is not well in Governor Ayodele Fayose’s once cohesive political family is beginning to manifest as a one of his loyalists in the State House of Assembly, Hon. Gboyega Aribisogan , decamped to the opposition All Progressive Congress, APC, at his constituency in Ikole-Ekiti yesterday.
The development which is happening for the first time since Fayose returned to power in October 2014, could be described as the culmination of the running battle the lawmaker representing Ikole Constituency 1, has been having with Governor Fayose.
APC Aribisogan, who defected to the APC yesterday, alongside 200 other party members at Ward 7 in Ikole Local Government Area, said his action was hinged on the factionalisation and division of the state chapter of the PDP which, according to him, has made his stay in the party extremely difficult.
Aribisogan was received into the party by the state APC executive council led by the Deputy Chairman, Mrs. Kemisola Olaleye.
He vowed to ensure that all efforts to silence the opposition voice from Ekiti political space is resisted because democracy allows for objective criticisms and separation of powers which is the principle of the rule of law.
Aribisogan said he took the decision to join APC after due consultation with his constituents and pursuant to Section 109, sub-section 1(g) of the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria 1999. The state chapter of the PDP is polarised into two factions.
The faction loyal to the National Chairman, Senator Ali Modu Sheriff, is chaired by Williams Ajayi while the other faction loyal to the National Caretaker Committee Chairman, Senator Ahmed Makarfi which enjoys Fayose’s support is chaired by Gboyega Oguntuase.
He was suspended by his colleagues for 180 legislative days on October 6 last year for allegedly holding meetings with the Senator representing Ogun East in the National Assembly, Buruji Kashamu, and others perceived to be “political enemies” of Fayose. But Aribisogan denied the allegation.