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Crisis in Osun APC as members move to ADP

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Ahead of the September 22 gubernatorial election in Osun State, some stalwarts of All Progressives Congress (APC) are said to have finalised plans to defect to Action Democratic Party (ADP), today.

Sources said their decision to defect was informed by the fallout of the APC governorship primary, which produced Mr. Adegboyega Oyetola, the Chief of Staff to the governor, as its standard bearer.

The nomination of Oyetola had earlier forced the immediate past Secretary to the State Government (SSG), Mr. Moshood Adeoti, to move to ADP, where he hopes to realise his governorship aspiration.

Scheduled to take place at the ADP secretariat, Ikirun Road, the event is said to witness the defection of former APC deputy state chairman Ilesha West, Alhaji Issa Adesiji; Alhaji Tajudeen Agbeti; Prince Ademola Bamidele an ex-officio; state Auditor Ifelodun, Alhaji Rasheed Bakare among others.

The defectors had, in their resignation letter to the state APC secretariat, accused the leadership of highhandedness, lack of transparency and loss of credibility.

They also alleged that the Prince Adegboyega Famodun-led executive has lost credibility and become unpopular due to “his insensitivity, insincerity, double standards, hypocrisy and a stooge” to few individuals, whom they said allows personal interest to override the wishes of majority members.

While lampooning Governor Rauf Aregbesola of deliberately refusing to interact or meet with the state executive since 2014 till date, the deserters faulted the party’s gubernatorial primary, saying: “The just concluded direct primary conducted in Osun was adopted to make the election clumsy and allow manipulation. The exercise was intentionally arranged, skewed and designed to favour the preferred candidate of a particular national leader.”

However, state APC spokesman, Mr. Kunle Oyatomi, told The Guardian he was not aware that any of their members were decamping to another party, stressing that the only party that gave Osun people good governance is APC under the leadership of Governor Aregbesola.

“ADP is not a party to reckon with, as far as, Osun State is concerned,” he said.

The Guardian however gathered that some Southwest governors on the platform of APC might be behind the crisis based on their belief that Oyetola could become a mole among them if he eventually wins the gubernatorial poll.

There is therefore the possibility that should Adeoti win, he might return to the APC fold after achieving the aim of some ‘APC radicals’ to whittle down Tinubu’s influence.


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