Mrs Modupe Akindele-Martins, a chieftain of the Social Democratic Party (SDP) in Ondo State, has dumped the party with her supporters for the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP). She disclosed this to the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Akure on Sunday. Akindele-Martins was the Deputy Governorship Candidate of the Social Democratic Party (SDP) in November 2016 election in the state.
She was also the running mate to Dr Olu Agunloye of the SDP in the last governorship election in the state. Akindele-Martins was also the Ondo State Woman Leader of the defunct Action Congress of Nigeria (ACN). “Absolutely, am leaving SDP with thousands of my supporters in the 18 local government areas of the state to join PDP,” she said. She said that SDP, as a party, did not have the commitment to effect any change of government in 2019 and was not well positioned to wrestle power from APC. “So, with my exit at this point in time, that means the SDP only exists as a nomenclature at the state level.
“SDP has been in a total mess after the former State Secretary, Hon. Dele Ogunbameru, left on Oct. 24, 2017 with more than half of the state structure,” she said. Akindele-Martins, who is from Okitipupa in Ondo South Senatorial District, expressed regret that the area had been neglected by the current administration, hence the need for her to pitch tent with the PDP to save the people from the “shackles of APC government in the state.” “All hands must be on deck to save the people of Ondo South Senatorial district and entire state from the shackles of the so-called progressives party.
“The good people of Ondo South Senatorial District have made up their minds to pitch tent with the PDP to wrestle power from the APC at all levels in the 2019 general elections,” she said.