Tunde Oladunjoye said PDP has failed “woefully” in governance.
The deputy governorship candidate of Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, in Ogun State in 2011, Tunde Oladunjoye, has formally moved to the Congress for Progressives Change (CPC).
The speech, Tuesday, delivered by Mr. Oladunjoye to announce his change of party confirmed earlier exclusive reports by PREMIUM TIMES of his romance with the CPC.
“It is my great pleasure to formally announce my membership of the Congress for Progressive Change (CPC), since I left the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) about four months ago,” he said.
Mr. Oladunjoye, a former chairman of Ijebu-East Local Government Area of Ogun State, noted that he has recorded many heart-warming successes as well as several soul-depressing challenges.
“The magnitude of which both transcend that ever recorded by any man of my age in my native Ijebu land in particular and Ogun State in general,” he said.
The journalist and human rights activist explained said his decision to quit the PDP was because of the decline and infighting within the party; casting doubts about its existence by 2015.
Below are excerpts of Mr. Oladunjoye’s speech:
“Politics is all about seeking and ensuring the welfare and security of the people at all times. Politics definitely loses its intrinsic values when it fails to perform these fundamental functions. I regret to observe that the PDP, the ruling party at the centre and the self-acclaimed largest party in Africa, has failed woefully in fulfilling these basic and statutory obligations since returning to power at the centre for the fourth time since 29 May 2011. Very sad indeed!
“Aside this ugly scenario, the political health of the PDP not only in Ogun State but also across the entire country has suffered a serious decline to the extent that one is not sure if the party will still be alive to partake in the 2015 race. In fact, it is worse than I left it. Pitiably, members of the Ogun State Chapter of the PDP in particular, remain irreconcilably divided till date, thereby giving the sad impression that like the Boubourns of ancient Europe, they have learnt nothing and forgotten nothing’ he stated
“I am not here to bash the PDP. Or what would I say now that I am no longer in the party, that will be more than what I said when I was in the party in July 2011, when I declared on my Facebook wall that Nigeria was a failed country’
“And we have no apologise whatsoever for our choice! Our cross-over to CPC today, signals our very first step into dissolving eventually into the larger All Progressives Congress (APC).
Together with my great team, we shall work most assiduously to sustain the political integrity of the CPC and by a logical extension, that of the nascent APC as well as for the total victory of the party in the 2015 general elections’.
“I want to thank the PDP for the opportunity to practice what I preached as Council Chairman of Ijebu East LGA, and to run as the deputy governorship candidate in the 2011 governorship elections. I thank my teeming supporters in the PDP across the state who have decided to follow me to my new political party and those who will still join us. I also appreciate all PDP leaders, especially Chief Adetunji Idowu Olurin. I will single out Chief Adetunji Idowu Olurin for his unique leadership, honesty, humility, forthrightness and foresightedness. I thank Senator Iyabo Obasanjo, who nominated me for the deputy governorship slot and of course, His Excellency, Chief Olusegun Obasanjo GCFR for all his love,” he said.
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