Finally, Oyinlola Dumps PDP for APC
After a protracted legal and political battle to reclaim his seat as the National Secretary of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), former Governor of Osun State, Prince Olagunsoye Oyinlola, has finally decided to dump the PDP for the All Progressives Congress (APC).
The Embattled PDP scribe had few days ago written an open letter to President Goodluck Jonathan, threatening to dump the PDP over what he said is the refusal of the party to reinstate him as the substantive PDP National Secretary as ordered by the court.
Sources within the APC said Oyinlola would join the APC today at the mega rally of the ruling party which is scheduled to hold in Osogbo.
Asked to confirm if he has decided to join the APC, Oyinlola said: “So it is. I am joining the APC.”
He is expected to be received by the national leaders of the APC at the mega rally.
The defection of Oyinlola whom many considered to be very influential in the politics of the state will no doubt add a boost to chances of Governor Rauf Aregbesola’s ambition of securing a second term in office in the election holding on Saturday.
If his defection goes as scheduled, then all former governors in the state would be members of the ruling party.
Aregbesola had disclosed recently at a campaign in Iwo that Oyinlola had become a member of the APC.
Aregbesola said, “When the PDP was united as one party, we defeated them. Now the good ones among them have left and are now with us. All former elected governors in the state are now with Aregbesola.
“The first elected governor, Alhaji Isiaka Adeleke, is with us; the second governor, Baba (Bisi) Akande is with us. The third governor Omo’ba (Prince), is also with us. I can say this but they cannot say it.
“But a former deputy governor, who was chased away from office is the one they are banking on to win the election, they are joking.
“Their candidate has never won any election and he cannot win this one. The only election he won was a gift to him from the prince and he did not win but the election was manipulated for him.”
Reacting to the planned defection of Oyinlola, the Chairman of the PDP in Osun State, Alhaji Gani Olaoluwa, said he wished him well in his new party.
Olaoluwa said, “There is neither a permanent friend nor a permanent enemy in politics. We wish Oyinlola well in his new party. But we are expecting him to congratulate us on August 10. We are expecting his congratulatory message after we might have been declared the winner of the election.
“The people of the state are against Aregbesola. So, no matter the number of former governors teaming up with him, he will fail. Aregbesola will soon become a former governor because Senator Iyiola Omisore is winning the election by the grace of God.
“The APC is now the party of former governors in Osun State. Aregbesola should be preparing to join the league of former governors.”
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