The lawmaker representing Iwajowa State Constituency in the Oyo State House of Assembly, Hon Hakeem Adedibu, has debunked the rumour making the rounds that eight PDP lawmakers, who failed to secure the party’s tickets for a second term, were planning to defect to another political party.
Speaking on behalf of the other seven PDP lawmakers during Wednesday’s plenary, Adedibu, who is also the Chief Whip of the House, explained that though they will not be returning to the assembly in 2023, there is no plan by the eight members to leave the ruling party in the state.
Adedibu urged members of the public to disregard the “unfounded rumour.”
“On behalf of other seven members, I, Hon Hakeem Adedibu wish to state categorically that there was never a plan by me or any of the other seven members of the PDP to defect to another party.
“Nothing will make us leave our party. I never even planned to recontest in the first place and the same goes for others.
“So, for some people to be saying that we are leaving the PDP because we are not returning to the House is false and baseless,”Adedibu said.
Recall that an online medium had few weeks ago reported that Adedibu; Hon Ayo Fatokun (Akinyele 1); Hon Adebunmi Olayiwola (Oorelope); Hon Rasaq Ademola (Ibadan South East 1); Hon Olagoke Francis (Ibadan North East 1); Hon Hakeem Obadara (Ibadan North West); Hon Francis Adetunji (Oluyole); and Hon Fola Oyekunle (Ibadan North 1) were planning to defect to the opposition All Progressives Congress (APC).