Abayomi Akinruntan, a lawmaker representing Ilaje Constituency I in the Ondo state House of Assembly, on Tuesday, April 11, defected to the ruling All Progressive Congress (APC) from the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP). According to a report on The Punch, Akinruntan decamped to the APC with some former political appointees of the former governor, Dr. Olusegun Mimiko at the Cocoa Conference Hall of the governor’s office Alagbaka, Akure, the state capital.
It was gathered that Akinruntan was among the 13 members of the Assembly loyal to the former speaker, Mrs. Jumoke Akindele, and the development has reduced the number of Akindele-led faction to 12. To this end, the number of the APC members of the Assembly has increased to 10. Giving the reasons for his defection to the APC, Akinruntan, who is the son of the businessman and monarch of Igbo Kingdom, Oba Obateru Akinruntan, explained that the yet to be resolved leadership crisis rocking the PDP both that the national and state levels was responsible for his decision.