Governor Rauf Aregbesola
A key leader of the Action Congress of Nigeria in Osun State was among over 500 members of the party who defected to the Peoples Democratic Party on Thursday.
The defectors at a rally in Bode Osi, headquarters of Ola Oluwa Local Government, promised absolute loyalty and commitment to PDP , so that it could “rescue” the state from the ACN in the next general elections.
ACN chairman in Olaoluwa local government, Alhaji Kelani Adeleke, who led the defectors said they left the party because the state governor, Mr Rauf Aregbesola, had hijacked the party, making it insensitive to the plight of the members and the people of the state.
A former Secretary to the State Government, Alhaji Fatai Akinbade, who received the defectors said the event marked the beginning of the end of the ACN in the state.
He noted that the entire people of the state were tired of the policies of the ACN administration in the state and that other members of the ACN, numbering about a thousand were on their way to declare for the PDP.
He said these ACN members had approached the PDP and had been assured of the readiness of the party to accept them into the fold. Akinbade, who served in the cabinet of the former Governor Olagunsoye Oyinlola as SSG, said Aregbesola could not achieve his motive of harassing PDP members through probes.
He recalled that Oyinola, while serving as the governor, personally reported five of the contractors who handled various projects executed in his administration to the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission for non-performance after collecting mobilisation fees.
Akinbade asked Aregbesola to account for the N500 million he allegedly collects monthly as security vote and the N25 billion loan his government took from a first generation bank last year.