Thirteen leaders of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Osun State and a senatorial aspirant, Prince Dotun Babayemi on Saturday dumped the ruling party for the Action Democratic Party (ADP) in Gbongan community of Ayedaade Local Government Area of the state.
The defectors include an aspirant for Osun West Senatorial District, Prince Dotun Babayemi, alongside members of the APC Elders Caucus: Colonel Olagoke David (retd); Chief Bayo Ola; Alhaji Abbas Adekunle; Alhaji Demola Jekayinfa; Aduke Raji; Dr Dotun Oyeleke; Adisa Balogun; Alade Alimi; Korede Lawal; Biyi Olaboye, as well as members of the State Working Committee (SWC), local government and ward executives.
Receiving the defectors into the ADP at Oke Church area of Gbongan, the party’s gubernatorial candidate in the forthcoming September 22 governorship poll, Chief Moshood Adeoti, described APC as a party characterised by gross impunity and nepotism.
He said: “I built the structure of Osun APC, but the leadership style of Aregbesola, who I trusted, caused me to leave the party because of his anointed candidate, Gboyega Oyetola. APC is synonymous with nepotism and impunity. This is caused by Aregbesola’s defiant attitude and other decision makers in the party.
“The elders of the All Progressives Congress conceded that the 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 shoving myself, 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. I managed the structure of the party and also part of Aregbesola’s cabinet for over seven and a half years”, Adeoti stated.