A former Commissioner for Information and Communication during the administration of Dr. Abubakar Bukola Saraki as Kwara State Governor, Ben Duntoye, has officially joined the All Progressives Congress.
The former Commissioner, who defected to the Peoples Democratic Party along with Saraki, was received into the party on Friday.
Duntoye, who had earlier in the year joined the party at the ward level, was received alongside many other members of the PDP in Irepodun Local Government Area of Kwara State.
The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the new members were received by the party’s stalwart led by the Kwara South Senatorial District Chairman, Olayemi Olabanji, and Rep. Tunji Ajuloopin (APC-Ekiti, Isin, Irepodun and Oke-Ero).
The event took place during the local government’s expanded meeting on Friday in Omu-Aran.
Addressing the new members, Olabanji asked them to put the interest and the development of the party above personal gains.
He said their interests had now become a priority to the party, irrespective of when they joined the APC in the state.
He said: “Since you have all joined us, we are now one and no one will relegate you to the background for just joining us.
“You must all go to your wards and familiarise with the party’s structure and hierarchy so that they won’t say they don’t know you.
“Let me remind you that the party is doing well, that is why you came to join us.
“So work hard to improve our fortunes in the state.”
Also speaking at the meeting, Dr. Hezekiah Oyedepo, Chairman, Kwara South Elders Consultative Forum, said the party is alive in the state and commended Governor AbdulRahman AbdulRazaq for his giant strides.
Oyedepo urged party members to sustain their support for the party as development could not go round the nooks and crannies of the state at the same time but gradually.