The All Progressives Congress, APC, in Ekiti State received a boost in membership on Friday when elected members of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, defected to it.
No fewer than seven serving local government chairmen and 42 councillors elected on the platform of PDP joined the APC.
There are 177 elected councillors in the 16 local government areas of the state.
They swapped the umbrella insignia of PDP for the broom symbol of APC at a rally at the Fajuyi Pavilion where they were received by Gov. Kayode Fayemi.
The local government chairmen who defected to APC along with their supporters, described Fayemi as a true leader who played inclusive politics.
Mr Fayemi was represented at the event by his Chief of Staff, Biodun Omoleye.
Other party chieftains present included the state APC Chairman, Paul Omotoso and APC Southwest Zonal Publicity Secretary, Oladapo Karonwi.
All the seven council chairmen who addressed the gathering, promised to work hard for their new party in future elections, especially the Dec. 7 Local Government Elections in the state.
One of the chairmen described Mr Fayemi as “a real leader and a bridge builder who will go far in the politics of the country.”
He said Mr Fayemi had set a record in ensuring harmonious relationship between opposition parties and never deceived or coerced them to join APC.
He described Mr Fayemi as a promise keeper, passionate about the development of Ekiti and better welfare for its people.