Osun Election: PDP suffers setback as Oyinlola dumps party, defects to APC

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The former Osun State governor said the South West zone has not been fairly treated by the PDP.

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A former governor of Osun State, Olagunsoye Oyinlola, on Tuesday finally dumped the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, for the All Progressives Congress, APC.

Mr. Oyinlola, who is also a former National Secretary of the PDP, showed up at the APC’s final campaign rally held in Osogbo, the state capital, for the re-election of the governor, Rauf Aregebsola.

The appearance of the former governor at the rally ended months of speculation that he would join the APC.

He was present at the Kano State Liaison Office in Abuja when five PDP governors defected to the APC last October 26.

Before then, Mr. Oyinlola had engaged in a fruitless struggle to regain his position as PDP national secretary, a position from which he was sacked in January 2013 by a Federal High Court in Abuja.

Although he won an appeal, the PDP appointed an indigene of Lagos State, Remi Akitoye, as acting national secretary before the South West Chapter picked Wale Oladipo, from Osun State, as the party’s substantive secretary .

Apparently in a bid to regain the coveted party position, Mr. Oyinlola met with President Goodluck Jonathan and the PDP National Chairman, Adamu Ma’azu, at the Presidential Villa on July 1.

He told journalists after the one-hour meeting that Mr. Ma’azu brought him to meet the president to discuss the ruling party’s misfortune.

His defection to the APC clearly indicates that the negotiations for him to reconcile with the party broke down.

At the rally, the former governor, who spoke in Yoruba, recounted to the mammoth crowd that in 2010, Mr. Jonathan invited him and informed him about his plan to run in the 2011 presidential election and that he (president) was going to consult PDP leaders.

The former PDP national secretary said he asked the president to first consult former President Olusegun Obasanjo because he (Obasanjo) would rally party supporters to back him in the election.

He narrated how Mr. Jonathan heeded his advice which he said helped him to secure the support of the former president and eventually win the election

Mr. Oyinlola, who was dressed in green agbada with a red cap, however, regretted that despite the huge support from Mr. Obasanjo, the president has been trying to ridicule and humiliate Mr. Obasanjo in a bid to reduce him to nothing.

Explaining the several ways the president humiliated Mr. Obasanjo, the former Osun State governor said the Ogun State (where Mr. Obasanjo hails from) and the South West Chapters of the PDP were dissolved without consulting the former president, who was the party’s leader in the zone.

He also lamented that the South West lost out in the sharing of the six key positions usually shared by the PDP at the federal level, namely the Office of President, Vice President, Senate President, Speaker of the House of Representatives, Secretary to the Government of the Federation and the position of the National Chairman of the PDP.

According to him, the highest position now occupied by an indigene of the zone is that of Chief of Staff, which he said is unknown to Nigerian laws.

He asked the people of Osun State to vote for Mr. Aregbesola, who succeeded him when he was sacked by the Court of Appeal in Ibadan in November 2010.

Mr. Oyinlola, who then invited two former governors of the state, Bisi Akande and Isiaka Adeleke, as well as Mr. Aregebsola to the podium during his speech, asked the crowd if they were the ones that voted for them in the past, to which they responded in the affirmative.

He admonished the crowd to do it again for Mr. Aregbesola.

He said the PDP governorship candidate, Iyiola Omisore, could not be trusted because he was “self-centred, greedy and selfish.”

According to him, any time the PDP candidate wants his bidding done, he would talk slowly, but whenever he wants to cause confusion or destroy a thing, he would speak at a terribly fast rate of 1000 words per minute so no one will be able to comprehend his antics.

Reflecting on the murder of a former governor of the old Oyo State, Bola Ige, in December 2001, Mr. Oyinlola said although he did not know how he (Ige) died, “what I know is that he (Omisore) was arrested in connection with the murder of Bola Ige.”

According to him, Mr. Omisore had demonstrated that only those implicated in the killing of Mr. Ige were now his favourite in the politics of Osun state.

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He listed them to include the incumbent National Secretary of the PDP, Wale Oladipo, the Police Affairs Minister, Abduljelili Adesiyan and one Gani Olaoluwa, all of whom he claimed were arrested and detained over the assassination of Mr. Ige.

Mr. Oyinlola also alleged that the PDP was planning to field one Kunle Alao, who was also implicated and arrested over the killing of the former, as a senatorial candidate in the state.

“Only those who had the benefit of being detained along with Omisore are the ones benefiting from political appointments. So, if we were not in prison together, we can’t get positions. All we should try to do is to go to prison,” he said sarcastically.

Mr. Oyinlola said almost every chieftain of the PDP in Osun State, including Mr. Adeleke and a former Secretary to the State Government, Fatai Akinbade, had left the party.

He likened the PDP in Osun State to a market that had dispersed because the day had ended.


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  • Goodluck_Nigeria

    Another celebration time for PDP ……….. good riddance to bad rubbish ……… Oyinlola & Obasanjo are of no electoral value whatsoever !!!

    • Truthometer

      You and your paymaster(s) will be shocked. Wait and see, clown.

    • djay

      Jonathan without being president can’t deliver is state.

    • adex Bell

      Thank u dats de way tinubu too will be disgrace out soon and all dis issue of God father ism will be completely wiped out from all the political parties all of them are thiefs

  • Weydem

    PDP is not a blessing to Nigeria. It is a burden of catastrophic proportion. Anyone who’s attended a school and learnt anything there can draw this simple inference. After 15 years in power, un-interrupted, PDP still no successful policy initiative to show for it. PDP is only barely held together by oil money recklessly stolen and shared. Nothing else unites the shambolic party, but stolen money – not ideas, not morals, not clear principles either, just power, raw and naked power, to be used and abused, in both cases for stealing.

    • Goodluck_Nigeria

      But all them that had made the PDP what you described above are now comfortable in APC as “progressives” and “navigators” ……. Obasanjo, Atiku & Oyinlola are just examples.

      Be assured that the REBORN PDP under the leadership of Jonathan/Sambo will continue to deliver @ five star levels.

    • redeem

      AKERELE BUCKNOR KOFOWOROLA: She was a Senator and Was elected alongside Bola Ahmed Tinubu in 1999 on the AD platform. In 2002, she declared her Interest to vie the 2003 Lagos State Governor seat against her boss. Bola Tinubu was infuriated, he lobbied the Lagos State House to commence impeachement proceedings against her. Buknor resigned her position as Deputy Governor, she also left the party, Alliance for Democracy. That was the last we heard of her politically.2. Mr. FEMI PEDRO was picked by Bola Tinubu in 2002 as Buknor’s successor. Jointly, they won 2003 Lagos Governorship election. After the FORMATION of Action Congress by majorly sponsored by Atiku Abubakar and Tinubu, Pedro Signified interest to succeed his boss like others in the 2007 Guber election. Then Governor Tinubu told all the contenders to support the Candidacy of his Chief of Staff, Babatunde Raji Fashola. Pedro was adamant, he defected to Labour Party. Next was IMPEACHMENT against Pedro by Lagos State House. Sensing that he couldn’t survive the impeachment moves, he RESIGNED his position as Deputy Governor of Lagos State on the day he was to be IMPEACHED. However, Governor Tinubu refused to collect his Resignation Letter…Few Minutes later, the House IMPEACHED him for “Insubordination and Gross Misconduct”. Bola Tinubu OPENED the floodgate for Political Witch-hunt. He was the FIRST Governor Since Lagos History to Have 3 Deputies within a Span of 8 Years.

      • Wale

        Sir did Tinubu you mentioned performed on not? For people you have mentioned and other in there likely shoe… The laws of power says Never outshine your master if you try, the end will always be disastrous be sincere at least in your judgement.what an elderly sees while sitting down, a child wont see while standing a word enough for the wise

        • redeem

          how did tinubu perform–lagos state is the most indebted state in the federation with a debt profile of more than 233b–followed by Ekiti ati Osun state respectively——-it would take lagosians more than 45 yrs to pay off the debt

          • tolu

            if your own region is so developed , why your pple do come to yorubaland to hawk rat poison, gala, pure water on the highways ? go to ABIA STATE and see decay

          • Island man

            Go and sit down redeem or what is your name? are you married? do you have kids? a sane mind you never be running his mouth like you doing, answer that simple question, when Tinubu was there did he perform?Atfer so many years are you not aware that PDP has failed us?
            We should have another Party that should strongly contend with them, other wise they will continue to enslave us indirectly.
            With continuous rule of PDP what legacy are we laying down for our kids??? use your brain brother.

          • Kay Soyemi (Esq.)

            Redeem? Married?

            Strange word and concept to him!

            He has pictures of Madam Piss on his bedroom and bathroom walls!!

            Why, I don’t know!!!

          • adex Bell

            Sorry can u explained to us mr island man, what are de achievements of bola tinubu before u start insulting someone, infact I can see dat u are very rude. Haba u dont need to be insultive ok

          • adex Bell

            Lol

          • Wale

            are you aware that during tinubu’s regime as the governor of lagos state, obasanjo did not give him the monthly allocation and he has to borrow and generate revenue to develop the state the best way he can.. come to think of it sir,How much debt do we have when obasanjo was president and how much debt portfolio do we have now with the incumbent?

      • dudu

        Do you know Pedro is back in APC? just to assist you in updating your info.

  • tolu

    so all the people that killed BOLA IGE were rewarded with appointment by the pdp,,,,why is that the 5 murderers implica

    ted in the murder are the one running osun pdp, A new government is coming when omisore , jelili adesiyan,wale oladipo and others will answer to their crime

    • redeem

      what about those who assassinated funsho williams ati kudirat abiola–where are they—APC of course

      • Shehu

        NO, PDP OF COURSE! YOU SAID SEVERAL TIMES ON THIS FORUM THAT ABACHA WAS THE ONE THAT KILLED KUDIRAT. SO WHERE ARE THE ABACHAS AND THE ALMUSTAPHAS NOW? ARE THEY NOT IN PDP DINING AND WINING WITH THE DUMBO JONAHARAM?

        • tolu

          redeem is confuse

          • Kay Soyemi (Esq.)

            …and obfuscated, discombobulated, contused and inane!

        • adex Bell

          Alhaji sheu. Can u pls Talk about who killed funsho Williams, before u continue blaming PDP

          • Shehu

            THAT’S YOUR PROBLEM. YOU TRY TO FIND OUT. I AM JUST REPLYING REDEEM WHO HAS BEEN HYPOCRITICAL ON ISSUES.

          • adex Bell

            No be fight na, it is u dat knows everything dats needs to tell me cos it’s like u are very good in current affairs. WHO KILLED FUNSHO u can’t answer but u know who killed bola ige. Am not supporting any of the aspirant but stop saying what you don’t know ok. And please don’t try to insult me ok., this is not a forum to show case ur rudeness ok

          • Shehu

            DON’T MISQUOTE ME, PLEASE. DID I MENTIONED ANYONE’S NAME AND ACCUSED HIM OF KILLING BOLA IGE? IT WAS REDEEM, THE PAID PDP AGENT THAT HAS BEEN CONTRADICTING HIMSELF FOR REASONS BEST KNOWN TO HIM. I WAS ONLY REPLYING TO HIM SINCE HE SAID IT WAS ABACHA THAT KILLED KUDIRAT, I ASKED HIM A SIMPLE QUESTION WHICH I EXPECTED HIM TO ANSWER BUT YOU JUMPED IN AND BROUGHT SOMETHING OUT OF THE DISCUSSION. IF YOU CAN BE FAIR AND READ ALL MY COMMENTS AGAIN, THERE WAS NO PLACE WHERE I MENTIONED THE NAME OF THE PERSON THAT KILLED BOLA IGE. I THINK YOU NEED TO READ AND COMPREHEND WHAT IS BEING SAID BEFORE YOU REPLY TO ANY COMMENT. ON THE ISSUE OF WHO KILLED KUDIRAT, FUNSHO OR BOLA IGE, THAT’S NOT MY PROBLEM. IT’S THE PROBLEM OF THOSETHAT ENGAGED IN SUCH CRIME. BUT AS A PERSON, I THINK I HAVE EVERY RIGHT TO EXPRESS MY OPINION ON ANY ISSUE. I ADVISE THAT YOU SHOULDN’T BE BIASED ON ISSUES THAT ARE CLEAR FOR EVERYBODY TO UNDERSTAND. I ALSO ADVISE THAT YOU SHOULDN’T BE LIKE THE GUY, REDEEM WHO IS CONFUSED, BIASED, SENTIMENTAL AND DUMB. HOPE I HAVE MADE MYSELF CLEAR NOW.

        • iHateStupidPeople

          Don’t type in all caps.

          • Shehu

            WHY NOT?????? HOPE YOU UNDERSTAND MY MESSAGE.

  • TRUTH MASTER

    You don’t need to tell the blind that the market is over. When he stops hearing the voices of market people, he will know it is time to head home!!!

  • redeem

    stale news-his defection is no longer news-he and his godfather obj are together in APC–waiting for tambuwal to take off also–

    • Ijeuwa

      redeem, aka Wendel Simlin, aka Reno Omokri, I dey lafffffffffffffooooooooooo

  • Okache

    A market that has dispersed because the day has ended…hmmm…deep saying indeed for the PDP. So Obasanjo is politically irrelevant now goodluck_Nigeria? Hmmm… like the man himself will say…goodluck as time only has the answer. Time will tell. Lets just siddon and look.

    • redeem

      market has closed for APC———————–meaning no more capital flight again for those who claim to hail from eko–but steal from Osun state-

      • Ijeuwa

        redeem, aka Wendel Simlin, aka Reno Omokri, I dey lafffffffffffffooooooooooooo

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  • Nsirimovu Asonye

    I wonder the look on Tinubu’s face when Oyinlola said the south west has no one on the top six political position, knowing that Tinubu singlelarly plotted the enthronement of Tambuwa against a Yoruba as Speaker.

    • Alaba

      Singularly, did I hear you say? ..Obviously you relish in folly and what way not to trust history in the hands of people like you.

      The truth that the whole world knows is that this president [GEJ] has governed solely for the purpose and objectives of the South-South and the South East all his term in office so far, and that is not an accident. That is the point Oyinlola is making, Full stop! Come February he will also reap the reward.

      • adex Bell

        Who put us into all this problem we de south west are facing today since 1979? Is it not obasanjo, one by one they will all reap what they had sow

  • redeem

    was it not tinubu that deprived the post of speaker to the south west

    • Ijeuwa

      redeem, aka Wendel Simlin, aka Reno Omokri, I dey lafffffffffffffoooooooooooo

    • adex Bell

      Gbam

  • redeem

    AKERELE BUCKNOR KOFOWOROLA: She was a Senator and Was elected alongside Bola Ahmed Tinubu in 1999 on the AD platform. In 2002, she declared her Interest to vie the 2003 Lagos State Governor seat against her boss. Bola Tinubu was infuriated, he lobbied the Lagos State House to commence impeachement proceedings against her. Buknor resigned her position as Deputy Governor, she also left the party, Alliance for Democracy. That was the last we heard of her politically.2. Mr. FEMI PEDRO was picked by Bola Tinubu in 2002 as Buknor’s successor. Jointly, they won 2003 Lagos Governorship election. After the FORMATION of Action Congress by majorly sponsored by Atiku Abubakar and Tinubu, Pedro Signified interest to succeed his boss like others in the 2007 Guber election. Then Governor Tinubu told all the contenders to support the Candidacy of his Chief of Staff, Babatunde Raji Fashola. Pedro was adamant, he defected to Labour Party. Next was IMPEACHMENT against Pedro by Lagos State House. Sensing that he couldn’t survive the impeachment moves, he RESIGNED his position as Deputy Governor of Lagos State on the day he was to be IMPEACHED. However, Governor Tinubu refused to collect his Resignation Letter…Few Minutes later, the House IMPEACHED him for “Insubordination and Gross Misconduct”. Bola Tinubu OPENED the floodgate for Political Witch-hunt. He was the FIRST Governor Since Lagos History to Have 3 Deputies within a Span of 8 Years.

    • Ijeuwa

      redeem, aka Wendel Simlin, aka Reno Omokri, I dey lafffffffffffffoooooooooooooo

    • adex Bell

      Tinubu will reap what he had sow very soon. Am coming says de lord! Very soon nemesis will catch up with all of them one by one

  • Somi

    Such a traitor…political madness. PDP victory does not lay on Oyinlola though. Osun would decide.

  • Abdullahi M

    the crowd of APC members from all APC states. we’re aware of APC leadership’s invitation for all members and political appointees to storm osun yesterday. so the crowd is not of osun people. dont be deceived. omisore don win oh!

  • john micheals

    majority of the APC leaders emerged from the PDP, why have they become a saint all of a sudden ? APC is built not in the interest of Nigeria but in the interest of greed.

  • peter

    Nigeria politics is full of balderdash. If Oyinlola had remained the PDP national secretary all this wouldn’t have come out, its clear his defection was out of personal interest why is he now sounding like one that cares for the people ?

  • Dr Patrick Kolawole Awosan

    The evidence before the people of Osun State and Nigeria as a whole shows that PDP lacks any viable leadership material for either Osun State and Nigeria presidency positions.If president Jonathan can not competently managed the internal affairs of PDP in Osun State and nationally,then what else remains of president Ebele Jonathan?The same trend of mis-management of PDP that led to Rivers State governor Rotimi Amaechi and four other state governors with mass-defection of House of reps members to opposition-APC is a still growing virus in PDP to date.

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