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Elegbeleye says APC defectors are IDPs, seeks to unseat Boroffice



A chieftain of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Ondo State who was also a former Director General of the National Sports Commission (NSC), Mr Gbenga Elegbeleye, has condemned the recent gale of defections by lawmakers, especially at the National Assembly. 

He berated the defectors noting that their decision to move from the ruling APC was not informed by any patriotic or national interest but by mere selfish interest to better their fortunes at the expense of the general wellbeing of the people.

Elegbeleye, who was of the view that the manner and timing of the defection were conscious calculation to impede the government of President Muhammadu Buhari, however, commended the mature and fatherly manner he handled it, adding that the President too had long prepared for it.


In an interview with The Guardian in Akure, the state capital, Elegbeleye who was a former member of the House of Representatives and now eyeing the Senate, advised the defectors to reflect on what now seemed endless migration and the way an average Nigerian would view them.

In his view, the continuous migration had turned those politicians that left the APC for other parties to “Internally Displaced Politicians (IDPs),” saying they were endlessly in search of political camps. 

He noted that their serial defection is in the character of IDPs to keep seeking the most profitable political party where they could get refuge when occasions demand for where they could optimally get their bread buttered.
Meanwhile, the former NSC boss has vowed to unseat the Senator representing Ondo North in the Senate, Professor Ajayi Boroffice whom he said had performed below expectation with little impacts on the district for the past seven years as a senator.

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