The crisis rocking the All
progressives Congress (APC) in Ondo State yesterday resulted into the defection
of a leading member of the party and one of the governorship aspirants in the September
3 governorship primary election, Chief Olusola Oke into the Alliance for
Oke’s defection laid to rest
speculations that the former legal Adviser of the Peoples Democratic Party
(PDP) was planning to dump APC for another party to realise his governorship
Speaking with his supporters across
the 18 Local Government Areas in the state during a meeting held with them at
his residence in Akure last night, Oke stated that his defection was
necessitated by the injustice perpetrated by some leaders of the party over the
last primary election.
He explained that he waited
patiently for the leaders of the party to correct the injustice before opting
out of the party, but nothing was done.
Oke who said he took the decision
to dump the party after due consultation with some APC leaders and supporters
across the country, disclosed that he would contest the forthcoming governorship
election on the platform of AD.
He said he was contesting for the
governorship seat in the forthcoming election to rescue the people of the state
from underdevelopment, describing AD as home of the progressives.
He noted that the PDP in the state has
been celebrating the decision of the APC to field Rotimi Akeredolu as the
party’s candidate in the election.
According to him “I was the first
person to raise alarm over the giant fraud in that primary. I was later
vindicated by the appeal committee which ruled that the primary be cancelled,
that a new primary be conducted where a popular candidate will emerge.
“But Oyegun and his cabal proceeded
to submit that name to the INEC thereby killing the dream and the vision of
Ondo people in APC to have a true change they have been yearning for.. I
confess to you that the dreams of the founders of APC are good and laudable.
The philosophy behind APC is good, but unfortunately, some self-opinionated,
some cabal hijacked the soul of the party at the national level.
“They have enthroned injustice over
justice, Inequality over equity, unfairness over fairness, and therefore they
made it impossible for true change to be actualised this time on the platform
“I stand on the side of the people
of Ondo State, I represent their dreams and vision for a new order in Ondo
State. I am a compatriot who believes that we must not allow the status quo to
“The status quo in Ondo state is anti-People
and it has reduced the liberty of the citizens. All those virtues we used to
cherish in Ondo state, the virtues of liberty, dignity, pride, integrity have
all gone down because of orchestrated poverty.
“We can no longer tolerate a
situation where government has no dream, no direction, vision and the people
are made to wallow in abject poverty. It is to reverse this situation that we
have everything to APC to have a platform where truth will prevail and
unfortunately the National Chairman killed the dream.”