True to the predictions of political observers, the governorship aspirant, Olusola Oke, has dumped the All Progressives Congress for the Alliance for Democracy.
He has also been granted the ticket to fly his new party’s flag in the November 26 governorship election in Ondo State.
Mr. Oke’s spokesperson, Rotimi Ogunleye, on Sunday gave reasons for his principal’s exit.
Mr. Oke contested the APC governorship primary election and was defeated by Rotimi Akeredolu. He placed third behind Olusegun Abraham who came second.
He appealed to the Appeal Committee alleging that the election was rigged using a fake delegates list.
His protest was well received by the appeals committee, but the national working committee rejected the recommendations of the committee and upheld the primary.
That controversial decision by the John Odigie-Oyegun led APC National Working Committee is one that has led to calls for his resignation. One of those championing the call is a national leader of the party, Bola Tinubu.
Confirming Mr. Oke’s switch on Saturday, his spokesman, Rotimi Ogunleye, told PREMIUM TIMES that Mr. Oke left the APC because the platform was tainted with injustice.
He said Mr. Oke believes that the September 3 primary of the APC was rigged and the delegates lists tampered.
According to Mr. Ogunleye, in spite of the protest and the recommendations of the committee which considered the appeals arising from the election, the national chairman of the party still went ahead to subvert the will of the people.
“Mr. Oke has the dream to build our fortunes into our future,” Mr. Ogunleye said.
“His agenda is that of Ondo State which is to bring sustainable development to the people.” Mr. Ogunleye said. “The journey cannot be abandoned even though the vehicle had broken down. We cannot abandon the journey but we can abandon the vehicle.”
Mr. Oke had earlier abandoned the Peoples Democratic Party shortly after the failure of President Goodluck Jonathan to secure a re-$election in 2015.