At least 26 members of the All Progressives Congress (APC) believed to be loyalists of the governor of Ogun state, Ibikunle Amosun have joined Adekunle Akinlade, the preferred governorship candidate of Amosun, in the Allied People’s Movement (APM)
Just as Akinlade who was displeased over the outcome of the primary election of the All Progressives Congress (APC) that led to the emergence of Dapo Abiodun, the defected members are aggrieved members of the party that were denied tickets for the state house of assembly by the party in the election held on the 8th of October.
The defectors announced their defection while addressing journalists through their spokesperson, Lamidi Olatunji on Monday.
The group blamed their fall out with the APC on persons who were bent on frustrating the victory of President Muhammadu Buhari.
The group vowed to work for the victory of President Buhari, the APC presidential candidate in the 2019 election.
Olatunji, in his speech titled ‘Why we are leaving APC for APM’, stressed that their defection was not connected with the governor who was still a member of the APC.
He said, “after extensive and due consultations with our elders, members and stakeholders in the APC in Ogun State, we have come to the inevitable conclusion to seek the general mandate of our people in the 2019 elections on the platform of the Allied People’s Movement .
“We wish to state that this is without prejudice to the progressive ideals which have endeared our candidature and our political group to the good people of Ogun State”.
He, noted,” We regret that Mr. President’s efforts were frustrated by the forces that are hell-bent in taking the South West back to the dark age of slavery where unelected kingpins direct the affairs of the people.
“We are committed to the second term of President Muhammadu Buhari and we are determined to deliver Ogun State to him in the Presidential election, come February 16, 2019, by the grace of God.
“We are going to work tirelessly for the election of Adekunle Akinlade who was overwhelmingly elected as the governorship candidate of the APC, but, denied the ticket by the same forces that hijacked our tickets.”
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