Emotions as Ekiti ADP guber candidate, Elebute-Halle, leaves party

* We are not happy to release you – ADP Chair

By Nudoiba Ojen

There were shows of emotions on Sunday at the Ekiti State Secretariat of Action Democratic Party in Ado Ekiti on Sunday as the party’s governorship candidate in the last election, Engr Mrs Kemi Elebute-Halle, officially announced her exit.

Elebute-Halle, who said that she would be joining the All Progressives Congress, said that her decision was borne out of her decision to pitch her tent where she was being celebrated and not tolerated.

The politician, who said that she would miss the party where she had grown politically, told members, “I will not leave you empty, I will not forget you. Though I am leaving, I will be with you in the spirit”.

Elebute-Halle, who said that there had been entreaties to her by different political parties to join them after the 2022 Ekiti election, said that after considerations, she saw the APC as the best bet “since that is where I have a lot of friends”.

She said that she opted for APC “because of the love I have for the Renewed Hope Agenda of the President Bola Tinubu administration and the love I have for the Ekiti State Governor, Mr Biodun Oyebanji. The governor and the APC family appreciate and celebrate me. I have made up my mind, I will be leaving ADP”.

Elebute-Halle told the party members that she would be leaving them in the hands of a trustworthy ADP State Chairman, Hon. Ayodeji Ojo, who she said would restructure and pilot the party well in Ekiti State for the benefit of members.

In his reaction, the ADP State Chairman, Ojo, said that though the party was not happy with Elebute-Halle’s decision to leave, there was nothing it could do to stop her.

Ojo told the former governorship candidate, “We are not happy that you are leaving, but like you have said, you are an adult and entitled to your decision. We are not happy to release you, but we can’t hold you back. We wish you the best”.

The ADP chairman lauded Elebute-Halle for her contributions to the party in Ekiti State, saying, “You projected ADP more than you met it.

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