Senator Dino Melaye, on Saturday, attacked his predecessor in the office, Senator Smart Adeyemi, for defecting to the All Progressives Congress (APC), saying that the defection was only spiritual but not physical.
Melaye, who wrote on his Twitter handle, said that the fact that executive members of the party did not attend the event showed that they were not supporting the action.
But Senator Adeyemi, who reacted to the statement, said that he had just started a democratic process which first demands that he makes his position known to the whole world.
Melaye said, “Smart Adeyemi joined APC spiritually but yet to join physically. State chairman, local government chairman and ward chairman, [are] yet to see or get notification.
“No national, state, council or ward party exco was present in the Abuja home where he made defection. Where is your membership card?
“If all politics is local, why Abuja? We are ready for politics of inclusion, but when Smart Adeyemi is ready, he should come home.”
But Senator Adeyemi said he expected Melaye to understand a simple democratic process, adding that what was expected of him was to first denounce his former party before acquiring the card of the new party.
Adeyemi said: “Collection of party cards is not something you do in secret and when the time comes, we will meet the leaders of our new party and do all that is necessary.
“A man is made up of body, soul and spirit and if our body has left a party, the next thing is to follow through. The first question is: are we convinced that we want to go? Of course yes, we have and we have made our position known to the world.”
Also on Saturday, the deputy governorship candidate to the late Alhaji Abubakar Audu in the Kogi governorship poll, James Faleke, said Adeyemi was welcome in the APC.
While writing on the Facebook, Faleke said: “Senator Smart Adeyemi has finally joined us and our great party APC physically. He had released his followers to work with us during the elections because he believed in the wishes and the aspirations of his people. Today, he has showed that he is loyal to the people. Let us work with him with open mind.”
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