Eskişehir deputy Nebi Hatipoğlu on Nov. 7 joined the ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP).
President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan welcomed Hatipoğlu to the party at the AKP headquarters during a Central Decision and Executive Board (MKYK) meeting.
“I will continue to have the policy putting Eskişehir as my first agenda and I am determined to solve the problems of our city that have been chronic for many years, one by one,” he said in a social media post.
Cumhurbaşkanımız Sayın Recep Tayyip Erdoğan’ın takdirleri ile AK Parti ailesine katılmış bulunmaktayım.— nebi hatipoglu (@NebiHatipoglu) November 7, 2023
Rabbime dua ederim; çıktığım bu yolda beni mahçup etmesin. Milletimize ve çok sevdiğim Eskişehir’ime güzel hizmetler yapmayı nasip etsin.
Eskişehir’i merkeze koyan siyasetimi… pic.twitter.com/4IqeTylXdH
Hatipoğlu on Nov. 2 announced his resignation from the opposition right-wing İYİ (Good) Party over “differences.”
He previously suggested the İYİ Party to form an alliance with the AKP and Nationalist Movement Party (MHP) in the 2024 local elections, arguing the alliance with the main opposition Republican People’s Party (CHP) brought harm to the party.
On the other hand, Hatipoğlu’s pre-election remarks regarding party switching have resurfaced.
During the pre-election period in 2023, the deputy told an Eskişehir TV channel that “I wouldn’t switch to the AKP, I do politics as service, not as business.”