Ahead of September 22 governorship election in Osun State, the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) has suffered more setback following defection of another popular leader and financier of the party, Prince Olusola Adejumo.
Adejumo, who hailed from APC flagbearer, Gboyega Oyetola’s Local Government area, Boripe Local Government in the Central part of the State was said to have made the decision to back People’s Democratic Party’s candidate, Ademola Adeleke.
It would be recalled that the Secretary to State Government, Alhaji Moshood Adeoti who was former chairman of the party also dumped the party including nine serving executive members led by Azeez Adesiji, deputy state chairman on the allegations that the party’s activities defy morals.
Others who left the party included Tajudeen Agbeti, ex officio; Ademola Bamidele, state auditor; Rasheed Bakare, Assistant General Secretary; Morakinyo Akintola, state PRO; Wale Adunola, ex officio; Bakare Idayat, assistant welfare secretary; Ogundare Afolabi, assistant spokesperson and Sikiru Kareem, assistant treasurer.
It was gathered that the prominent former APC leader, Prince Adejumo, led other key grassroot leaders and hundreds of his supporters out of the party on Friday.
It will also be recalled that top leaders of the Social Democratic Party (SDP) at Ayedade local government of the state also defected to the PDP and declared their support for Adeleke.
Popularly called Prince O in Orooruwo of Boripe Local Government, among people the politician led out of APC to join PDP include the Chairman of Ward 06, Tajudeen Adedotun; the ward Secretary, Hon Rasheed Adeyemo; the woman leader, Mrs Funmilayo Odebunmi.
Speaking on behalf of the decampees at Ede residence of the PDP governorship candidate, Ademola Adeleke, the leader of the decampees, Prince Adejumo described the APC as a ‘Poverty breeding party’ that has impoverished the good people of Osun state, adding that Osun people have had enough of suffering and hardship.
“We look at where to go to escape this bad government. We cannot go to the factional APC, the one they called ADP because it is the other side of APC. We pitch our tent with PDP because of her candidate, Senator Adeleke.
“The Adeleke family has a history of philantropism and good governance. The Senator has a family antecedent and records which reassure us that he will make a good governor. That is why we moved to PDP.
“Those you see here are just key leaders. During the campaign, we will mobilise the suffering people of Boripe to reject sadists and exploiters. We will vote Adeleke massively in Boripe”, he said.
Welcoming the decampees, Senator Adeleke expressed gratitude to the political leaders for demonstrating courage and passion for the people by joining the ‘Imole’ train.
“You are warmly welcome to the PDP family. I thank you for the confidence reposed in me. We are committed to delivering Osun state from oppression and exploitation. Our government will diligently serve the people. The welfare of Osun people will be our watchword.
“All decampees are assured of equal opportunities. You have joined the winning train at the right time. Let us go and work to redeem our state. This is a collective task”, he said.
The event was attended by the Director-General of Senator Ademola Adeleke Campaign Organisation, Akogun Lere Oyewumi; Director Media and Publicity, Olawale Rasheed; Director of Strategy, Dele Adeleke; Dr Kayode Oduoye, Mr Adekunle Alao and many other political leaders.