Senator Adeleke’s Exit Deflates PDP In Osun State
By Erasmus Ikhide
THE exit of Senator Isiaka Adeleke from the Osun State’s Peoples Democratic Party, PDP has dealt an unimaginable blow to the party’s ambitious bid to reclaim the state from the ruling APC after nearly four years. From the outset, this has been an uphill task for the PDP, owning largely to its earlier anti-people policies that brought the people in direct collusion with excruciating poverty and barefaced looting of the state treasury.
The first civilian governor of the State, Senator Isiaka Adeleke, on Saturday, at the Nelson Mandela Freedom Park, in Osogbo, the state capital, on the occasion of his defection to the All Progressive Congress APC, imploring the electorate not to cast their votes for the candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in the forthcoming August 9, 2014 election.
In the face of mounting rejection, PDP is seems hauntingly lost in its braggart pastime to undone the electorate, feigns electability and hosts preeminently the banner of deserved victory. This is overt in several comments made by some of the oppositions’ media minders in response to Senator Isiaka Adeleke’s defection some days ago. They won’t concede that a major depletion has forlorn their rank. Senator Isiaka Adeleke, is the most eminent in the PDP in his countryside as the first civilian governor of the state, but the oppositions would not have any of it, and preferred to cast shadows in the dial.
Senator Rasheed Akinlabi Olasunkanmi and Hon Oluwole Oke, saw the defection of Senator Isiaka Adeleke, a governorship aspirant, on the platform of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), in the State to the ruling All Progressive Congress (APC) as a development that would not affect the winning streak and electoral victory of their parties at the August 9 gubernatorial poll. The state PDP chairman, Alhaji Gani Olaoluwa ruses Adeleke’s and PDP members defection to the APC as “those whose political relevance has waned and have been huge liabilities to the party.”
Describing the decision of Adeleke as unfortunate, taking into recognition the quantum of benefits that had accrued to him since he joined the party, they contended that it was laughable and amounted to ingratitude on his part to dump the party that made him politically. In a separate press statements issued by their media aides, Mr Ayo Aluko Olokun and Barrister Yemi Giwa respectively Olasunkanmi and Oke assured that the former governor’s exit from the PDP can never have any negative effect on the chances of the party at the election.
Olasunkanmi who was a former Minister for Youths averred thus: “We believe in that tenet of democracy, which guarantees every individual the right of association. The defector has taken a decision which he believes would best serve his interest best under this dispensation and we cannot condemn, abuse or commend him for it. It is his right.”
“But, we wish to assure you that his exit would not diminish the chance of the PDP winning the August 9, governorship election. We shall strengthen our hold on Osun West Senatorial District, where he comes from. It is, however, unfortunate that a person that has benefitted so much, using the PDP platform, would jump ship despite all his repeated promises and pledges to vote and mobilise support for President Goodluck Jonathan and the PDP”, he added.
Reacting, Oke remarked “he is a pillar in PDP. I wish he stays and fight within the party. There is no party that is crisis free. I still hope that he would change his mind. If he doesn’t, I wish him well. It is a free world”. A check on the political intrigues that led to the exit of Senator Adeleke from the PDP and the thousands of followers that left with him defect the claims of Senator Rasheed Akinlabi Olasunkanmi and Hon Oluwole Oke.
Mr. Adeleke attested to that when he affirmed that he was asked by leaders of the PDP to contest the governorship seat in Osun but was thereafter betrayed and hounded. The first civilian governor of Osun state, Isiaka Adeleke, on Saturday described the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, as a platform that breeds and supports thuggery and violence.
Mr. Adeleke, also a former senator, spoke in Osogbo, the Osun state capital, while leading thousands of his supporters and former members of the PDP to the All Progressives Congress (APC). Mr. Adeleke noted that with the alleged assault on him by the Minister of Police Affairs, Jelili Adesiyan, and the candidate of the PDP for the forthcoming governorship election in the state, Iyiola Omisore?, he and his followers were no longer safe in the PDP. The former governor claimed he was called upon by the leaders of the PDP to contest the governorship seat in Osun having realised that Mr. Omisore stood no chance against the incumbent governor, Rauf Aregbesola.
He said he was thereafter betrayed and hounded.
“I am happy to be in the progressives,” Mr. Adeleke said. “I was a governor under the Social Democratic Party (SDP), which was a progressive party, I was fully involved in the struggle for June I2.
“I was asked to come and vie for governorship that Omisore is not capable, I accepted, but a day to the congress I got to the hotel in Osogbo. The people I sent there were on the floor with guns pointed at their heads and I told the police that they are members of our party? from Ede.
“I then moved towards the room where I met Sogo Agboola, Jelili Adesiyan, Iyiola Omisore, Gani Olaoluwa and others. As I was about explaining what happened outside to the Minister, he descended on me with blows. So also was Omisore and others.”
He said he had nothing against the PDP which once offered him a senatorial ?slot, but that he believed that if he should remain in the party, he would have to work for Mr. Omisore, saying working for Omisore would amount to working for a criminal.
“They are a party breeding thugs,” he said. “How can a whole minister of the Federal Republic be boxing, I have nothing against PDP, but I don’t see myself working for a criminal. I can’t support a violent person to go to the Government House.”
Senator Adeleke commended Governor Rauf Aregbesola for what he termed enviable achievements recorded so far, said “I am here today to tell the world that I am making a U-turn from PDP to APC to prove that I am capable of advancing my political career and joining forces with people of like minds, who believe in peace, progress and prosperity for our people and generations yet unborn.”
The Vice chairman of the PDP in Osun, who spoke on behalf of other decampees, Bashir Salam, said he and his colleagues were leaving the PDP because security is lacking in the party. “We are leaving the PDP because their is no security of lifes and property. In a party where the first civilian governor was assaulted without anything coming out of it, what do you expect to befall people like us”? “We have to look for change which we got in APC. Since the day I saw blood coming out from the mouth of one of our leaders when Senator Adeleke was assaulted by Omisore and Jelili, we became unsafe and we have to leave,” Mr. Salam said.
Governor Aregbesola described the defection of Adeleke to the APC as someone who had chosen to come back to his rightful home, stressing that “I have told Adeleke long before now that his father, who was the Balogun of Ede did not join the conservatives while alive and that his people in Ede do not belong to the PDP”. “He has come back home”, he stated.
In Yorubaland, we do not belong to the PDP. Their reign had failed to better the lots of the masses. I don’t want to talk much about the failures of the party. This is because some of them are still talking to us and they are coming”. “They (PDP) did not allow former Governor Oyinlola to perform when he was in government for almost eight years. No man of virtues would identify himself with the PDP, considering the misery, bad governance and failure they have caused Nigerians. We celebrated our democracy some days ago, what have we got to show for it”, Aregbesola queried.
Governor Aregbesola attributed all his Administration’s feats in the state to God without which his personal strives would have amounted to nothing. He admonished the people of the state against fighting the PDP, saying violence had become their stock in trade. The governor said, “What will Adeleke want to gain from saying they want to kill him. He has been in the party for long. If we are not home with that, have we forgotten about the 5 people killed in Ife? The Governor said Mr. Omisore lacked the mental capacity to govern the state as the values he is notorious for are alien to the people of Yorubaland.
As the electioneering gain tractions, there is absolute certainty that the people of Osun have already made up their minds on the direction they aspire the governance of the state to follow. In less than three months from now, that aspiration will give way to reality by casting their voters for continuous development, instead of returning the state to long forgotten era of political thuggery and bloodletting. That is what a vote for the PDP can offer the people.
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