- Senator Omisore has finally made the widely speculated political move
- The former deputy governor of Osun state defected to the ruling APC on Monday, February 15
- A former chieftain of the SDP, Omisore was said to have picked up his APC membership card at his ward in Ile-Ife, Osun state
Senator Iyiola Omisore, former deputy governor of Osun state, has finally defected to the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC).
The Punch reported that Omisore, on Monday, February 15, visited his polling unit in Ward 6, Moore, Ile-Ife, in a convoy of Osun state deputy governor, Benedict Alabi, to pick the APC membership card.
Legit.ng recalls that Omisore contested 2018 governorship poll on the platform of the Social Democratic Party (SDP).
He, however, subsequently aligned with the APC before the September 28 rerun after snubbing the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).
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The election was eventually won by the APC, a development which reignites Omisore's political influence in the southwest state.
In a related development, Senator Rasidi Ladoja, a former governor of Oyo state, is allegedly set to join the ruling APC ahead of the 2023 general elections.
Ladoja and his supporters in Zenith Labour Party (ZLP) on Friday, February 12, initiated merger talks with the APC.
The meeting, which was held at the Premier Hotel, Mokla, Ibadan, was reportedly approved by Ladoja.
Meanwhile, amid the growing speculations surrounding his alleged planned defection to the APC, ex-minister Femi Fani-Kayode, on Saturday, February 13, "bumped" into an "old friend" Femi Adesina.
The PDP chieftain, in a tweet, said he met the media and publicity adviser to President Muhammadu Buhari at Abuja airport.
The meeting, according to FFK, was accidental, with the former aviation minister jokingly saying he was "really in trouble"; referring to conversation drawn to him recently.
In other news, a former senator from Kogi state, Dino Melaye, is surprised that many APC members across Nigeria are trooping out to revalidate their membership of the party.
On his Twitter page on Saturday, February 13, the outspoken former federal lawmaker listed the multiple issues that have bedevilled the country under the APC-led federal government.
Melaye mentioned an increase in the prices of rice, petrol, transportation (even by air) as some recent key predicaments citizens have been forced to deal with.
Nurudeen Lawal is a Legit.ng journalist passionate about fact-checking/verification journalism. He holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Literature-in-English from Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife, Osun State. As Politics Editor, Nurudeen mostly writes on Nigeria’s political and socio-economic developments. He has attended different workshops, conferences and training on fact-checking and digital reporting, among others. Learn more about him on Twitter, @Nurudeen Lawal_