SAN FRANCISCO, August 06, (THEWILL) – Azeez Adesiji, deputy Chairman of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) in Osun state, has defected from the ruling party with eight other executives of the party.
The officials announced their defection from the APC to the Action Democratic Party (ADP) and have resigned from their positions in the APC.
The officials other officials are 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, numbering about 6,000 were received by Toye Akinola, Chairman of the ADP, at the party’s secretariat in Osogbo amid jubilation.
According to their joint resignation letter, the officials said following the opinion of the public and associates in the three senatorial districts in the state, they have decided to move to ADP.
They said recent political developments within the APC in Osun State was against their morals.
Adesiji said the mass defection was caused by “alleged nepotism, impunity and unconcerned attitudes of the decision makers in the party and the state government to the citizens of the state among other reasons.
“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 Congres, Osun state which is unbecoming of an acclaimed progressive party.
“Among the 780 local government executive 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, 5620 are also joining the train to our new party, Action Democratic Party,” he said.
THEWILL recalls that the Osun APC crisis got worse following the election of Gboyega Oyetola, Governor Rauf Aregbesola’s chief of staff, as the party’s candidate for next month’s governorship election in the state.
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