The National Secretary of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, Professor Wale Oldipo has debunked the insinuation that aggrieved members are ditching the party.
Oladipo spoke to journalists in Abuja, on Monday. He said, “There is no mass defection in the PDP. I’m assuring you of that. In politics, you win some; you lose some. That’s what we did in Oyo, Sokoto, Kwara and other states.”
Oladipo said the party was not shocked by the defections of its members to other party.
He stressed: “We are not shocked (by the defections). When the former Governor of Adamawa State, Murtala Nyako, took our mandate to another party, God gave it back to us miraculously.
“In Kwara, when the governor and others took our mandate to the opposition, God brought Dele Belgore and others to us.
“In Sokoto, when the governor also took our mandate away, God gave us Attahiru Bafarawa. The same thing is happening in Oyo and other states where we are gaining members.”
Some influential members, who abandoned the PDP to pursue their political aspirations in other parties include, former Oyo State Governor Adebayo Alao-Akala, (Labour Party); former Minister of State for Industry, Trade and Investment, Dr. Samuel Ortom (All Progressives Congress); and a former National Chairman of the party, Senator Bernabas Gemade (All Progressive Congress). Former Minister of Information, Labaran Maku is rumoured to have launched talks with the Labour Party, with the intent of contesting as its governorship candidate for Nasarawa State.