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Oyo APC receives thousands of PDP, ADC, accord party’s defectors

By  Seye Olumide and  Moyosore Salami, Ibadan
01 May 2022   |   2:37 am
No fewer than 25,000 members from the ruling Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Action Democratic Congress (ADC) and Accord Party (AC) defected to the All Progressives Congress (APC), in Oyo State, yesterday.


No fewer than 25,000 members from the ruling Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Action Democratic Congress (ADC) and Accord Party (AC) defected to the All Progressives Congress (APC), in Oyo State, yesterday.
   
The defection ceremony took place at APC’s Oke Ado state secretariat. Leaders of the defectors included Engr. Remi Oseni – 2019 gubernatorial aspirant of ADC; Dr Ajibola Saubana Muraina – three-term serving member of the House of Representaives and former Chairman Ibarapa Central Local Council; Asiwaju Yemi Aderibigbe, former Executive Chairman, Akinyele Local Council and former Special Adviser to Governors Seyi Makinde and Abiola Ajimobi; Hon. Ademola Omotoso, former Executive Chairman of Ibadan North Local Council; Akeem Okedina, former Chairman of Ido Local Council; Chief Michael Adegbite, former state chairman PDP and former Chairman of Kajola Local Council and Wasiu Emiola.

The development was part of the results of the ongoing efforts by the leaders of APC and especially Mrs. Florence Ajimobi, wife of the late former governor, Abiola Ajimobi, who initiated the reconciliation move in Ibadan.

  
The defection is expected to reposition APC to dust PDP in the next governorship election in the state. The reconciliation committee, chaired by Chief Wale Ohu with Dayo Iyaniwura as the secretary, was mandated to look at the issues that surrounded the last controversial state congress and come up with fair modalities to resolve them.
 
The committee was also mandated to address the issue of aspirants jostling for elective positions in the coming election to determine equal distributions of the posts across the senatorial districts among others. The committee, which commenced sitting on Friday has four days to come up with resolutions.
 
MEANWHILE, the lawmaker representing Oyo South Senatorial District, Senator Kola Balogun, has disagreed with Governor Seyi Makinde over the allegation of non-performance against him.
 
The governor recently withdrew the senatorial ticket of the South from Balogun, a blood brother of the newly installed Olubadan of Ibadan, Oba Lekan Baloun for Joseph Tegbe, who defected from APC to PDP recently.
 
Balogun said the governor could not accuse him of non-performance or not being popular among the party leaders because neither of the claims was true.
 
He said this in Ibadan while reacting to the claims allegedly made by the governor, which was said to be the reason for denying him the second term ticket.
  
He said some close persons to the governor had told Makinde to give the PDP ticket to Tegbe so that the brother will not be the Olubadan and the younger brother a senator.
 
The senator listed some of his achievements and empowerment programmes to counter the claims of non-performance.
 
The incumbent senator, in a statement, “Real Facts Why Makinde Denied Olubadan’s Brother A Second Term Ticket”, said the governor was initially against the idea of dropping him as a senator, but later caved in to the pressure.
 
BUT an Ibadan chief, Oloye Taofeek Adegboyega Adegoke, a member of APC, who just obtained the nomination and expression of interest form for Oyo South Senatorial District, boasted that the opposition party would dust PDP next year in Oyo State.
 
Adegoke, who doubles as Aare Onibon Balogun of Ibadan land, said APC was ready to reclaim the state in the forthcoming 2023 general elections. Adegoke added that Oyo South Senatorial district deserved better than what it is getting presently.