Former governorship aspirant of the Peoples Democratic Party, Seyi Makinde, has dumped the party to join Social Democratic Party.
He has also been given the go-ahead to contest as the party’s Oyo State governorship candidate in the forthcoming 2015 election.
With the development, Makinde will face the incumbent Governor Abiola Ajimobi of the All Progressives Congress; former governor Adebayo Alao-Akala of Labour Party; another former governor in the state, Rashidi Ladoja of Accord Party, and former Senate Leader, Teslim Folarin, who emerged as the PDP candidate in a primary that has been a subject of controversy.
Makinde is the second top aspirant to dump PDP after Alao-Akala left for the LP last week.
At an event where Makinde announced his decision to join SDP in Ibadan on Monday, the billionaire businessman explained that his former party subverted a court ruling by using what he described as illegal delegates for the primary and that inability of the party leadership to do the right thing convinced him that it was time to move on.
He said “How can this same party(PDP) have a candidate who claims to have been elected with 167 votes which is just about 10 per cent of the total number of delegates after the majority or 1,053 delegates were disenfranchised.
I believe in the rule of law, decency and discipline. Justice delayed is justice denied. My moving to SDP has ended my struggle in PDP but the suit that illegalise the primary is still on because the person who filed the suit is still in PDP and ready to go on with it,” he said,
He added that he was not motivated by selfish interest to contest as governor in the state but by the wish to serve and listen to the decision of his supporters to seek alternative platform to contest