Barely a month to the Osun State governorship election, several members (said to be about 3,000) of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) left the party for the Action Democratic Party (ADP) on Saturday.
The members were led to ADP by Dotun Babayemi, an Osun West senatorial aspirant in Gbongan, headquarters of Ayedaade Local Government Council Area of the state.
The Osun chairman of ADP, Toye Akinola, while receiving the defectors, said “the recent happening to the party is a sign that victory is certain come September 22.”
He described ADP as a political party that respects people’s opinions and gives premium to equity and justice.
The immediate past Secretary to State Government of Osun and governorship candidate of ADP, Moshood Adeoti, condemned Governor Rauf Aregbesola’s leadership of the APC in the state.
“I built the structure of Osun APC, but the leadership style of Aregbesola who I trusted caused me to leave the party. (Approving) his anointed candidate, Gboyega Oyetola. APC is synonymous to nepotism and impunity. This is caused by Aregbesola’s defiant attitude and other decision makers of the party.”
“The elders of the All Progressives Congress conceded that Osun West should produce next governor under our party, but Aregbesola insisted on Gboyega Oyetola. Chief Bisi Akande and other council leaders had reiterated that the ticket should be zoned to the West. Aregbesola and other decision makers of the party insisted that Osun Central should produce the governor putting myself, the Speaker House of Assembly, Mr Najeem Salam and Peter Babalola aside. The anointed candidate of APC has never been part of government until the present one that he’s part of.”
“I managed the structure of the party and was also part of Aregbesola’s cabinet for over seven and half years.”
Mr. Adeoti resigned and left APC after he alleged that the party manipulated the primary that produced Mr Oyetola as its flag bearer for next month’s election.
PREMIUM TIMES reported how the deputy chairman of the APC in Odun, Azeez Adesiji, led eight members of the State Working Committee of the party and hundreds of party members to join the ADP early August.
The APC could not be reached on the new defections. It’s Director of Publicity, Kunle Oyatomi, did not pick calls or reply a message sent as at the time of filing this report.