*reaffirms unflinching support for Fayose
Immediate past Speaker of the Ekiti State House of Assembly, Hon Dele Olugbemi has advised PDP members being wooed to join APC in Ekiti State and across the country to exercise caution, saying defection from PDP to APC was a dangerous trend that will not serve the interest of democracy.
In a statement issued on Thursday and made available to press men in Ado-Ekiti, the former Speaker emphasised that he will never return to the All Progressives Congress (APC) and urged those pestering him to dump the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) to stop bordering themselves.
He reiterated his unflinching support for the State Governor, Mr Ayodele Fayose.
Hon Olugbemi, who admitted that he once had disagreement with the governor over certain issue, which made him to reject his appointment as commissioner in the State House of Assembly Service Commission, said he only disagreed with the governor on principle and that has not stopped his support for the governor and his government.
The former Speaker described Governor Fayose as a visionary and honest leader, who rewards loyalty, adding that those who genuinely stood by the governor and the PDP in the past are now enjoying the reward of their loyalty with many of them now members of the State House of Assembly, commissioners and Special Assistants.
He said; “From my relationship with Governor Fayose, he cut the picture of a blunt person who will never lie to anyone no matter what he stands to gain. He is passionate about development of Ekiti State and anyone whose main interest is that of Ekiti must support him.
“As for me, even though we disagreed in the past, I will continue to stand with him, support him and pray for him in the overall interest of Ekiti State and our party, the PDP.”
Hon Olugbemi also hailed Governor Fayose’s steadfastness in defending democracy and the rule of law, noting that he was proud that the governor was fast becoming the face of opposition in Nigeria.