The Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, has warned a former governor of Oyo State, Adebayo Alao-Akala, and the PDP governorship candidate for the 2015 election in the state, Teslim Folarin, to expect a disappointment at their new party, the All Progressive Congress, APC.
Messrs. Alao-Akala and Folarin, as well as other defectors, were formally received into the APC at a reception held in Ibadan on Saturday.
The Deputy National Publicity Secretary of the PDP, Diran Odeyemi, in a statement on Sunday urged Messrs. Alao-Akala and Folarin to recall how the APC had ‘used and later damaged’ many bigwigs that had helped the party in the past.
He said they would have realised their full potentials as politicians, if they had remained in the PDP.
“It is a political miscalculation if our respected leaders are going to where they did not belong and could not learn from the experiences of ex-governor Rasheed Ladoja, Professor Taoheed Adedoja and other APC big wigs in Oyo State who recently retraced their ways back to PDP after being used and dumped by APC,” Mr. Odeyemi said.
“Going by the experiences of many political heavyweights that have left its fold to join APC in the past, Akala and Folarin’s decision to join the party was nothing but a misstep, especially now that majority Nigerians are waiting on the party to rescue them from the national calamity that befalls the nation owing to lack of capacity by the federal government to deal with myriad of challenges facing the country.”
The party also noted that many politicians that left PDP for APC before the 2015 general election regretted their actions because the party allegedly demeaned them after riding on their support to secure power.
Mr. Odeyemi said those still remaining in the APC are never considered as stakeholders by the federal government.
While describing Messrs. Alao-Akala and Folarin as PDP’s gifts to Nigeria, Mr. Odeyemi declared that the two politicians had all to lose, and nothing to gain from the APC.
He said that they would no longer enjoy the kind of influence and privileges they had in PDP because “APC is good at celebrating decamps and master in dumping them after the ceremony.”
“Ex vice president Atiku Abubakar, Chief Rasidi Ladoja and a host of others have taken the route both Chief Akala and Senator Folarin set to thread and returned to PDP after being used and treated poorly by the APC,” he said.
“That is why we are calling on Akala and Folarin both of whom are PDP gifts to Nigerians to have a rethink after Saturday’s show-off and make their way back to PDP fold where they can realise their full potentials especially now that Nigerians are waiting on the party to rescue them from the national calamity and lack of capacity APC had displayed at the centre.
“All elephants that have left PDP in the past have been made ants by APC and we don’t want both Akala and Folarin to experience same thing. That is why we are calling on them to have a rethink.”