Senator Smart Adeyemi, who represented Kogi West Senatorial District in the 6th and 7th Senate, formally bade Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), a final farewell on Friday.
Adeyemi, who was the former Chairman of the Senate Committee on Federal Capital Territory (FCT), formally defected to the All Progressives Congress (APC)
Adeyemi said he had no regret leaving PDP.
Adeyemi, who had been in PDP for 12 years, said he shifted base to APC because Kogi West Senatorial District was neglected by the successive PDP administrations in the state.
He said it was the decision of the people of Kogi West to leave PDP for APC.
He said since politics was essentially local, he has no choice than to bow to the pressure of his people to dump PDP.
He said his defection had nothing to do with survival politics.
He said while in the Senate, he was one of those who criticized the PDP administration, especially the rising cases of corruption.
Adeyemi, a former President of Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ), who made the announcement at a briefing at his residence in Maitama District in Abuja, said Nigeria’s future is brighter under President Muhammadu Buhari.
The session was attended by Sen. Olubunmi Adetunmbi, Sen. Abu Ibrahim, Chief J.B. Arojojoye, and many supporters from Kogi West.
He said: “After due consultations with both local and national leaders across my state and the nation, we have come to the realization that we have to take a major decision for the best interest of our people. Politics is essentially local.
“Therefore, in the light of the sincerity and commitment of President Muhammadu Buhari, his strength of character and support of eminent personalities such as Baba Olusegun Obasanjo, the leader of men, Asiwaju Ahmed Bola Tinubu and the support of the leadership of the ruling party towards the reconstruction of the socio-economic fabrics of our nation, we have decided to defect to the All Progressives Congress (APC) today, being the 8th of April, 2016 by the grace of Almighty God.
“We hereby urge all our supporters and patriotic Nigerians to support the effect of a new socio-economic order of this administration.”
He stated further: “While thanking the PDP for the opportunity of granting me a ticket for my two terms in office, it is soul depressing that for the past 12 years of our support in ensuring victory of the PDP in both governorship and presidential elections, Kogi West has nothing to show towards improving the standard of living of our people by successive Kogi PDP governors.
“This neglect and poor performance of the PDP resulted in anti-party reactions culminating in the victory of the APC in Kogi governorship election last year.”