Osun State chapter of the All Progressives Congress (APC) has said it is relieved that some over-ambitious and self-interest people, apparently referring to Alhaji Fatai Diekola have left for the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and added to its burden.
According to a statement signed by the state chairman of the APC, Prince Gboyega Famoodun, “The PDP has been making some laughable noises recently over the stale news of so called high profile decampees from the APC to the opposition party”, saying it was clear that the PDP was truly out of touch, otherwise it would have known a year and half ago that its latest converts long ceased to be relevant elements within the APC.
According to him, part of PDP ignorance has to do with its status as a factionalised and disoriented party that hardly knows the direction it is even moving, so it is easy to clutch at straws.
“The facts of the situation are as follows: some over-ambitious people who once had relevance within the party structure, but lost it due to unacceptable level of selfishness fell out with the APC government, because they had envisaged a situation that will exclude the governor from having an input into who should succeed him.
“When they had it good with the governor, they were not in a cult, but when ambition put them on the wrong end of the table, they now see a cult operation within government house.
“For them, they should always be in a position to control and dictate how the government should run. When Governor Rauf Aregbesola would have nothing of that, they jumped ship and now find it convenient to name government operation as a cult.
“We in the APC are relieved that they are not part of our problem and since the PDP had decided to add that problem to its own big burden, it is a matter of their choice and none of our business.
“What’s important to us are the tens of thousands of people in Osogbo who have eyes to see, faculty to appreciate, good conscience to evaluate and the character to be grateful to God for the good things Aregbesola and the APC have done to Osogbo in particular and the rest of the state generally. These people will never choose PDP as a substitute for APC in any future elections”, he said.
The party chairman noted that for the leadership of the PDP to think that the latest decampees from the APC in Osogbo can alter the reality on ground, just by describing Aregbesola-led government as a ‘cult’ is the most absurd.
According to him, the PDP is no longer what it used to be in Osun, as it has lost key elements of its political attractions and can no longer recover the height of its power base in those gory years when Goodluck Jonathan added security fire power to the PDP terrorism in the state during the 2014 governorship election.
The chairman stressed that the PDP is an orphan, scavenging for life and seeking props from people who have no oxygen politically to keep it alive.