2023: I am not returning to PDP – Folarin

Chairman Senate Committee on Local Content, Senator Teslim Folarin, has stated that those discriminating against him in the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Oyo state are only jittery of his rising political popularity.

Addressing APC executives and stakeholders from Iseyin and Itesiwaju local government areas of Oyo state in continuation of his peace preaching tour of Oyo state, the Senator representing Oyo Central also hinted that he has no plan to go back to PDP over his ambition.

Senator Folarin while cautioning against APC members maligning one another because of individual’s ambition emphasised that as for him, PDP belongs to his past, saying, “those discriminating against me in APC are only jittery because I am a fully-baked politician”.

“They’re jittery because Baba Adedibu injected me with both progressive and conservative ideologies Unfortunately for mischievous people within APC and the ruling PDP, APC is an hybrid political party. All political school of thoughts have stake in APC”, he said.

Senator Folarin added, ” fellow party members, don’t be misinformed and misled. I want to stress that I am happy in APC. Therefore, defecting to PDP because of future ambition is not an option whatsoever. I am not an ingrate. I am not a dishonourable man. God is my witness that APC is my house, nobody can force me out”.

Senator Folarin added, ” there is no denying the fact that I started my partisan politics in PDP but joined a progressive family in 2017″ saying, ” my political mentor, Late High Chief Lamidi Adelabu was a born-and-bred progressive but later decamped to PDP”.

He stressed, “no legacy party is superior to another. Is President Muhammadu Buhari, a conservative or progressive? The Vice President Femi Osinbajo is what? The President of the Nigerian Senate? The Speaker Femi Gbajabiamila? Former Governor Rochas Okorocha? Senator Ibikunle Amosun? Governor Yahaya Bello? Senator Ibrahim Shakarau? Minister Ogbonaya Onu? We will not leave here if I continue to mention names of APC leaders who are from the legacy parties: ACN, CPC, PDP, ANPP, LP and APGA”.