- Their Action is Insignificant – APC
Some members of the All Progressives Congress (APC) State Working Committee who joined the Action Democratic Party (ADP) in the state of Osun have attributed their decision to what they described as nepotism.
The party officials in their letter of resignation jointly signed and addressed to the chairman of the party, Gboyega Famodun, said they took the decision after due consultations with their mentors, close political associates, public and lovers of the party.
The state officers were led by the Deputy State Chairman of APC, Alhaji Azeez Issa Adesiji.
Other members are Alhaji Tajudeen Agbeti, Ex-officio, Prince Ademola Bamidele, State Auditor, Alhaji Rasheed Bakare, Assistant General Secretary, Akinola Morakinyo, State PRO, Wole Adunola, Ex-officio, Dr. Idayat Bakare, Assistant Welfare Secretary, Mrs. Ogundare Aina Afolabi, Assistant PRO and Alhaji Sikiru Karim, Assistant Treasurer.
While declaring their membership for ADP at the party secretariat along Biket Area, Osogbo, Adesiji said 580 local government executive members from across 25 local government councils of the state as well as 5,620 ward executives of the APC are defecting with them.
He explained that they are defecting into ADP because of impunity and undemocratic practices being practised in their former party.
According to him, “among the 780 local executives in the APC in Osun, 580 are now moving with me. Also, among the 8,632 ward executives of the APC in the state, 5,620 are also joining the train to our new party ADP.
Adesiji said nepotism, god fatherism, impunity unconcerned attitudes of the decision makers, abandonment of party members at ward, local government and state levels made it so difficult for them to remain in APC.
“We also objected the idea of Osun being run as an output of another state and the principle of fairness and even development in which the creation of Osun State was agitated has been abandoned by APC cabal.
“With the aforementioned reasons, myself and others here present and many more of our followers at home have chosen the path of honour by resigning our membership from the APC and informing the good people of the state and country at large of our decision to move enmass into ADP.
While receiving the defectors, the State Chairman of ADP, Hon. Toye Ola Akinola expressed happiness at the decision taken by the defectors and assured them of great benefit for their action.
He said that they have automatically become bona-fide members of ADP with their action stressing that the party will work assiduously with their support and that of the people of the state to take over the state from APC.
While acknowledging that the defectors are men and women of high integrity and honour, Akinola said that the mass movement of APC into ADP is in phases adding that more members have indicated their interest to dump APC and join ADP.
He said that party would soon embark on sensitization and enlightenment of residents of the state on the logo and other identity of the party to the people.
But when contacted, the Director of Publicity, Research and Strategy of APC, Barrister Kunle Oyatomi said, the APC wish them well.
He said that their defection could not stop APC from winning the September 22nd governorship election in the state.
“It is minus to us but that minus can be ignored, Oyatomi said, saying their action is insignificant considering the strngth of APC in the state.