- About 3,000 members of the ruling APC have reportedly defected from the party to the ADP in Osun state
- The Osun chairman of ADP, Toye Akinola, said the party's victory is certain in the state forthcoming governorship election
- Governor Rauf Aregbesola’s leadership of the APC in the state has, however, been condemned
Barely a month to the Osun state governorship election, about 3,000 members of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) have reportedly defected from the party to the Action Democratic Party (ADP) on Saturday, August 18.
Premium Times reports that the members were led to ADP by Dotun Babayemi, an Osun west senatorial aspirant in Gbongan, headquarters of Ayedaade local government council area of the state.
The Osun chairman of ADP, Toye Akinola, while receiving the defectors, said “the recent happening to the party is a sign that victory is certain come September 22.”
He described ADP as a political party that respects people’s opinions and gives premium to equity and justice.
The immediate past secretary to state government of the state and governorship candidate of ADP, Moshood Adeoti, condemned Governor Rauf Aregbesola’s leadership of the APC in the state.
“I built the structure of Osun APC, but the leadership style of Aregbesola who I trusted caused me to leave the party. (Approving) his anointed candidate, Gboyega Oyetola. APC is synonymous to nepotism and impunity. This is caused by Aregbesola’s defiant attitude and other decision makers of the party.
“The elders of the All Progressives Congress conceded that Osun west should produce next governor under our party, but Aregbesola insisted on Gboyega Oyetola.
“Chief Bisi Akande and other council leaders had reiterated that the ticket should be zoned to the west. Aregbesola and other decision makers of the party insisted that Osun central should produce the governor putting myself, the speaker House of Assembly, Najeem Salam and Peter Babalola aside.
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“The anointed candidate of APC has never been part of government until the present one that he’s part of. I managed the structure of the party and was also part of Aregbesola’s cabinet for over seven and half years.”
Adeoti resigned and left APC after he alleged that the party manipulated the primary that produced Oyetola as its flag bearer for next month’s election.
Meanwhile, Legit.ng had reported that some hired hoodlums reportedly attacked members of the ADP who recently defected from APC during a meeting in Osogbo, Osun state.
A former chairman of the Oriade local government area of the state, Taiwo Fatiregun, and four others were injured in the attack.
Fatiregun, in an interview in Osogbo, said the hoodlums numbering up to 30 invaded the venue where members of the ADP were holding a political meeting in Ijebu Jesa and attacked the defectors.
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