The politicians joined SDP from the Peoples Democratic Party alleging Fayose’s imposition of his deputy, Prof Kolapo Olusola, as the anointed candidate of the party for the July 14th governorship election in the state.
In effect of joining the party, they attended the stakeholders’ meeting of the SDP on Monday in Ado Ekiti.
While Omoyeni, a former managing director of Wema Bank attended in person, the former Nigerian High Commissioner to Canada, Bejide and Raji-Rasaki, were represented by Mr Yemi Arokodare and Chief Titi Oluwatuyi, respectively.
Omoyeni told the stakeholders not to fear because nobody could intimidate them.He said, “This party was established by divine creation and it has become the third force. Be rest assured that our people are coming en masse to this party. Any support the party need to occupy Oke Ayoba (government house) we will render it.
Most of the aspirants who are still slugging it out in other parties are coming here. In fact, 70 percent of the members of the PDP in Ekiti are moving to the SDP.”
Speaking with reporters after the meeting, the SDP National Publicity Secretary, Mr Yemi Akinbode, said it was called because of the Ekiti election which he said was strategic to the party and the party is opened for willing members to join.
“This is the first meeting after the inauguration of the interim state working committee of the SDP, because the election is fast approaching and we have little or no time on our hands. The leadership of the party at the national level mandated me and others including Prof. Tunde Adeniran to come to Ekiti State to quickly put together the stakeholders’ meeting to explain to them the vision, programmes as well as the structure of the party and our expectation in the coming governorship election in Ekiti.
“You can see that this is the first meeting and the attendance was good. People are already coming out who ordinarily will not have shown their faces. This is an indication that this is the party to beat.
“Our doors are open to members from other parties who are willing to join the moving train. Our goal and objective is to win the governorship election in Ekiti come July 14,” he said.