Gboyega Isiaka, Badru, Apampa, Fadairo, Salako, others decamp to Ogun APC
Don’t rejoin party through backdoor, Abiodun admonishes returnees
The Governorship candidate of the African Democratic Congress (ADC) in the last general elections in Ogun State, Gboyega Nasir Isiaka, popularly known as GNI, yesterday defected to the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) with thousands of his supporters.
Also, the former Deputy Governor under the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) administration between 2003 and 2011 in the state, Alhaja Salmat Badru, led a faction of PDP supporters to decamp to the APC.
The other prominent politicians among the decampees were former state PDP Chairman, Joju Fadairo, former PDP member of the House of Representative, Dave Salako, former PDP Board of Trustees (BoT) member, Chief Iyabo Apampa and former Deputy Speaker of the State House of Assembly, Ayo Odugbesan.
The defectors were received by chairman of the party’s caretaker committee, Chief Yemi Sanusi; the governor and the South-West Zonal Secretary of APC, Ayo Afolabi, who represented the National Chairman of the party, Adams Oshiomhole, at the well-attended ceremony held at the Ake Palace ground of the Alake of Egbaland, Oba Adedotun Gbadebo, in Abeokuta, the state capital.
Conspicuously absent was the APC leader in the state and former governor of the state, Chief Olusegun Osoba.
Abiodun, in his speech at the event, stated that with the defection, the state had become a one party state.
Making a veil reference to the Allied Peoples Movement (APM) supporters, the governor said they were trying to join the party through the “backdoor.”
He said: “Anyone cannot say he is joining us (APC) through the backdoor or through the window, that is illegal. If anyone wants to join us, he will come through the proper channel.
“It is important that we all appreciate each other. This is politics. We all have our strength; we all have a role to play. If anybody intends to join us, we know what to do. Nobody can come through the back door. Anyone that wants to join us must come through the front door”.
“We have accepted them all. They are now part of us. I don’t want discrimination that one just came, while others have been here before them.”