Nine members of the state working committee of the All Progressives Congress in Osun State have defected to the Action Democratic Party (ADP).
Before the defection, they tendered their letter of resignation jointly signed and addressed to the Chairman of the party, Mr. Gboyega Famodun.
According to them, they took the decision after due consultations with their mentors, close political associates and public and lovers of the party.
The nine out of sixteen 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.
In a swift reaction, the party said they have the right to exercise their right of association.
The APC said: “Everybody has a right to believe or disbelieve in the party.”
In a statement by its spokesperson, Kunle Oyatomi, the party said: “Their reason for leaving is not convincing. They think that by claiming they are leaving with so called 6000 followers is going to make them the next government in Osun, they live in a fool’s paradise.
“They underrated the issue involved in the next election. It is not about individual, it is collective. And it is about the legacy of 8 solid years of enviable achievements. If they don’t see anything good to defend in what has happened in the APC in the last eight years, too bad for the defectors.
“Even their guber candidate, Alhaji Adeoti admitted on radio this morning that even the blind could see the good work of Aregbesola. And we ask: ‘which party is best suited to continue with that good work? the answer surely is the APC and it has the capacity and capability in Alhaji Adegboyega Oyetola, its candidate for September 22 guber election.”
The party said it wished them luck.