In Osun State, the Deputy Chairman of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC), Azeez Adesiji, on Monday alongside eight members of the State Working Committee and over 6000 members at local government and ward levels dumped APC for the Action Democratic Party (ADP)
Newsheadline247 understands that the decision was made by the officials to move to the ADP following opinion of the public and associates in the three senatorial districts of the state.
The officials are Azeez Adesiji, deputy state chairman; Tajudeen Agbeti, ex officio; Ademola Bamidele, state auditor; Rasheed Bakare, Assistant General Secretary; and Morakinyo Akintola; state PRO.
Others include: Wale Adunola, ex-officio; Bakare Idayat, assistant welfare secretary; Ogundare Afolabi; assistant PRO and Sikiru Kareem; assistant treasurer.
The APC leaders and their followers were received by the chairman of the ADP, Toye Akinola, at the secretariat of the party in Osogbo amidst jubilation.
Adesiji who led the decamping hinged the mass defection on “nepotism, impunity and unconcerned attitude” of the decision makers in APC and also by the state government towards the citizens of the state, among other reasons.
He said, ” I, Alhaji Azeez Issa Adesiji and other state exco members wish to make it known to you all about our defection into this new, credible, alternative party because of impunity and undemocratic practices witnessed in our former party, the All Progressives Congress, Osun State, which is unbecoming of an acclaimed progressive party.
“Among the 780 local government executives in APC in Osun State, 580 are moving with me the deputy state chairman of the party to our new party, the Action Democratic Party,
“Also, among the 8,632 executives at the ward level in the APC, 5,620 are also joining the train to our new party, Action Democratic Party.”
Recall that the Osun APC crisis got worse following the election of Gboyega Oyetola as the party’s candidate for next month’s governorship election in the state.
Mr Oyetola was Governor Rauf Aregbesola’s chief of staff. Other candidates cried foul saying the process was manipulated with some leaving the party.