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Assembly member defects to PDP as council chairman resigns


A member of Osun State House of Assembly, Clement Akanni, has defected from the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) to the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).Akanni, representing Ila state Constituency, said some people who were not comfortable with his approach to politics, forced him out of the party.He added that the APC has also failed to fulfill the promises it made to Ila community.

In a similar development, the chairman, Osun Local Government Service Commission, Peter Babalola, has resigned his position. Babalola, who was one of the aspirants who contested APC governorship, in a letter addressed to Governor Rauf Aregbesola, said he resigned to pursue other engagements.

In defecting, Akanni said: “Our College of Education used to have 33, 000 students, it now has less than 2,000. APC promised to upgrade the institution to university.

“Rather than doing that, the current government through its policies is gradually killing the institution. When government wanted to downsize the workforce in the state-owned higher institutions, 73 names were selected from College of Education, Ila. But only 38 names were penciled down for retrenchment from Ilesha College of Education.

“Two of my followers were killed through fetish means. I can’t continue with a party that is full of devilish individuals,” he said.Speaking on behalf of Ila community, the Ejemu of Ila, Paul Ogunrinade, demanded the upgrade of Ila College of Education to university status.PDP standard-bearer, Senator Ademola Adeleke, while receiving Akanni and his supporters, promised to embark on policies that would make life better for the people of the state.

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