Omisore pledged that he will pursue anti-poverty programmes if elected on August 9
A chieftain of the All Progressives Congress, APC, in Osun State, Olayiwola Talabi, has dumped the party for the opposition Peoples Democratic Party, PDP.
He defected alongside hundreds of his supporters at Ikire on Wednesday, a development believed to be a setback for the ruling APC.
The governorship election holds August 9.
Mr. Talabi, a retired army colonel, while announcing his defection at a rally of the PDP governorship candidate, Iyiola Omisore, said he was leaving the APC because of its anti-people policies as well as the marginalisation of local leaders in favour of Lagos-based actors.
He lamented the failure of the administration of Governor Rauf Aregbesola to positively touch the lives of the people. Mr. Talabi said that the governor could no longer explain to the people the many failures of the government to fulfil its promises to the people of the state.
“I quit because I am fed up with servitude with failed promises with anti- people programmes with bad leadership. I am now convinced that Senator Iyiola Omisore is the right man to take the state out of the present mess and rebuild it from the destruction witnessed under the APC governorship,” Mr. Talabi said.
Meanwhile, Mr. Omisore, a former senator has lamented the deepening poverty crisis rocking state, wondering why the people should be suffering in the midst of abundance.
He told the party supporters in the town, who had lamented about the neglect by the incumbent administration, that they were suffering because of the capital flight occasioned by the policies of the APC.
He said, “The penchant of the APC government to service its Lagos cronies has killed local economy, impoverish the people and stifle their means of livelihood. We will boost local economy, enhance livelihoods of the people and implement anti- poverty programmes.”
Mr. Omisore assured the defectors that what sent them out of APC would not happen in PDP, explaining that a PDP government under his leadership would be people-centered and people-oriented.