- The ruling APC in Ogun state has welcomed new members from the APM
- Governor Dapo Abiodun received the defectors on Thursday, January 28, in Abeokuta
- The defectors were loyalists of the former governor of the state, Senator Ibikunle Amosun
Former governor of Ogun state, Ibikunle Amosun's political power might have been weakened following the defection of his key loyalists at the state House of Assembly to the All Progressives Congress (APC).
This Day reports that the seven lawmakers, who were loyalists of Amosun, the senator representing Ogun Central, dumped the Allied Peoples Movement (APM) and returned to the APC on Thursday, January 28.
The APM is Amosun’s pet political party after his failure to install his anointed candidate, Adekunle Akinlade, as his successor in 2019.
Amosun had objected to the choice of now Governor Dapo Abiodun during the 2019 governorship election.
The discord led Amosun into forming the APM where he fielded Akinlade to run as governor but Abiodun won at the poll.
Governor Abiodun, who received the seven APM members of the assembly into the APC, urged them to be loyal to the party and work towards realising “the building the future together” agenda of the state government.
Speaking while receiving the defecting lawmakers, who were led to him by the speaker of the House, Kunle Oluomo, in his office at Oke-Mosan, Abeokuta, Abiodun stressed the need for all members to be loyal and contribute to the development of the state.
The governor urged the defectors to work hard to strengthen the party in the state and the administration to deliver on its mandate to the people.
Meanwhile, Legit.ng had previously reported that a chieftain of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Ekiti state, Tope Aluko, defected to the ruling APC.
It was reported that Aluko parted ways with the party on Monday, January 25, saying he is ready to work for Governor Kayode Fayemi who he disclosed has "favoured Iyin Ekiti" where he hails from.
The former PDP chieftain was formally received by the APC state chairman, Paul Omotoso, in his ward B secretariat in Iyin Ekiti, Irepodun/Ifelodun local government area of the state.