The All Progressives Congress, APC, governorship candidate in Ogun State, Abiodun Akinlade, on Thursday defected to the Allied Peoples Movement (APM).
Akinlade, who represents Egbado South and Ipokia federal constituency of Ogun, had lost the governorship ticket of the APC to Dapo Abiodun despite all efforts put in place by the state Governor, Ibikunle Amosun to make him secure it.
In a statement explaining his decision, Akinlade said he recalled the events before and after the Ogun governorship primary.
The lawmaker insisted that he won the election and that his ticket was stolen by powerful forces in the APC.
The statement read in part;
“My dear good people of Ogun State, you will recall that the APC in our state has been rocked by crisis since the October 02 gubernatorial primaries. I feel obliged to inform you about recent political developments in our dear state and the resolution of the overwhelming majority of members of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in the state.”
“Prior to the 2nd October 2018 Party primary election, I had emerged the Ogun West Consensus Candidate out of the 10 aspirants who indicated interest in the ticket after far reaching consultations by Ogun West Elders Council and the by-in of elders, leaders, stakeholders and party faithfuls of the other two Senatorial districts of Ogun Central and Ogun East. In line with the resolution of the Party to zone its gubernatorial slot to Ogun West Senatorial district, I was presented to the entire State Party Executive Committee and stakeholders who in turn ratified my candidature at the well-attended event.”
“However, in spite of my emergence in accordance with the Constitution and guidelines of the APC, which allows for Consensus candidature, some aspirants insisted on direct primary election, which in the true spirit of democracy, the party acceded to.”