Receiving over 300 defectors from All Progressive Congress (APC) into the Peoples Democratic Party on September 18,2017 at Ayepe, Ijebu, Ogun State, Hon (Dr) Ladi Adebutu expressed delight at the decision of thedecampees to join PDP.
He described the move as the right step in the right direction and a highly-welcomed development. While welcoming the decampees, led by Prince Kehinde Okubanjo, Adebutu assured them of fair treatment in the scheme of things. He admonished the PDP leaders in Odogbolu Local Government to embrace and accommodate the decampees in all party processes so that they would feel a sense of belonging. Miffed by the neglect of the impassable Ikenne-Sagamu Road by the Governor, Senator Ibikunle Amosun, through which hundreds of vehicles pass through daily to Aiyepe, the federal lawmaker attributed such attitude of the governor to childishness and irresponsibility. He, however, assured the people of his determination to alleviate the untold suffering on that road in 2019. Feeling particularly excited with Adebutu's offer of service to rescue Ogun State from the shackles of bondage under APC government, the former Commissioner of Works under Otunba Gbenga Daniel’s regime, Omoba Gbenga Osinowo, like a Prophet, declared Hon Ladi as "the awaited messiah and the anointed Ogun State Governor in 2019." He stated that if there was a man with "genuine heart to serve the people", it was the Ijebu-born politician. Hon. Adebutu, who is the Chairman, House Committee on Rural Development, was at the ceremonial outing and official declaration with notable political juggernauts across Ogun State. Hon Ladi's resolution to take Ogun State beyond the summit is non-negotiable.