No fewer than 26 aggrieved Aspirants vying for the Ogun State House of Assembly seats, have defected from the All Progressives Congress, APC, to the Allied Peoples Movement, APM.
The aggrieved Aspirants, backed by the Ogun State Governor, Ibikunle Amosun, claimed that the mandate given to them during the October 7 Legislative primary of the APC, was stolen by the National Leadership of the party, Adams Oshiomhole.
Amosun had specifically accused the National Chairman of the APC, Adams Oshiomhole, of “perpetrating another evil” in Ogun State, barely a few days after his “Candidates” were not given the Candidates Form (CF001), at the expiration of submission of Candidate’s names to the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC.
Speaking with Newsmen on Monday, in Abeokuta, the Ogun State capital, the Spokesman of aggrieved Aspirants, Lamidi Olatunji, pointed out that they “have come to an inevitable conclusion to actualise their ambitions in APM.”
It was learnt that the Aspirants would be joining Amosun’s anointed Candidate, Adekunle Akinlade, who had equally defected to APM, last Thursday, having lost the APC’s Governorship ticket, to Dapo Abiodun.
Olatunji, however, pledged their support for President Muhammadu Buhari’s second term bid.
He said: “We also wish to acknowledge the fatherly role of President Muhammadu Buhari, in seeking to sustain the tenets of democracy, fairness, and equity, in the resolution of the crisis in Ogun APC.
“We regret that Mr. President’s efforts were frustrated by the forces that are hellbent in taking the South-West back to the dark age of slavery, where unelected kingpins direct the affairs of the people.”
He directed their supporters and admirers, to move into APM, as “the new vehicle for the development of Ogun State.”
Two serving Commissioners, Dayo Adeneye, (Information and Strategy), and Modupe Mujota (Education, Science and Technology), were among the defectors.