Ten executive members of the All Progressives Congress, APC, in Osun state on Monday, dumped the All Progressive Congress, APC, for the Action Democratic Party, ADP.
Those who defected include Azeez Adesiji, the state Deputy Chairman; Ademola Bamidele, state Auditor; Rasheed Bakare, state Assistant General secretary; Morakinyo Akintola, state Public Relations Officer, and Sikiru Karim, state Assistant Treasurer, among others.
Also included were over 6,200 members of the party, whom Adesiji claimed also defected from the ruling party.
In their resignation letter addressed to the state APC chairman, the chieftains said the party had been riddled with personal interests following recent development surrounding the party in the state.
“On assumption of office, we all took the oath to do justice to all and not allow personal interests to interfere with our official responsibilities. Recent political developments in the state more especially within the All Progressive Congress (APC) has proved otherwise. This to us, negates our individual principles/ interest and a moral burden which leave us with no other option than to quit”.
“While thanking you for the support and opportunity given to serve, we shall forever remain committed to the democratic values and progress of the state in whatever capacity we find ourselves”.
“It was observed that the APC administration under the watch of Prince Adegboyega Famodun is gradually losing its credibility and becoming unpopular due to his insensitivity, insincerity, double standard, hypocrisy and a stooge to few individuals who allows personal interest to override the wishes of the majority of our party members”.
“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 a preferred candidate of a particular national leader. This was obvious due to the heavy presence of state paraphernalia before, during and after the process leading to the said fraudulent direct primary election”.
“Ladies and gentlemen, these state executive members that are quitting APC today believe that no man has monopoly of knowledge why intelligence resides with the people. We detached ourselves completely from those that want to old Osun state into ransom. This state was created as a state not as an annex to another state or a property of an emperor. We decided to stand with honour, character and integrity so that posterity will judge us right”.
“The only party with a banner without stain is action democratic party (ADP), thus our desire to join the party after wild rigorous consultation with our leaders, political associates, mentors and our family members.”
Meanwhile, the APC leaders and their followers were received by Toye Akinola, Chairman of the ADP, at the party secretariat on Monday in Osogbo amidst jubilation.
Akinola said other politicians from the APC and other political parties had informed him of their decision to join the party soon, saying they would all be accommodated.