Six days after losing at the Supreme court, the Governorship Candidate of the Allied Peoples Movement (APM), Hon. Adekunle Akinlade and his supporters on Monday announced their defection back to the All Progressives Congress (APC).
Akinlade and his supporters who are loyal to the immediate past Governor of the State, Senator Ibikunle Amosun, after losing out in the APC primaries in October last year dumped the party on the directive of Amosun to contest for various positions under the platform of the APM.
But in a surprise move yesterday, thousands of APM supporters, led Akinlade at their secretariat in Abeokuta, the State capital, converged to announce their defection back to the APC.
Akinlade, accompanied by his Deputy Governorship candidate, Mrs. Adepeju Adebajo addressed the mammoth crowd of party supporters, disclosing that at a stakeholders meeting, on Sunday they agreed that they should return to the fold.
Akinlade said he and his supporters worked tirelessly to build the APC in the State hence their resolve to return to the party.
He insisted that they were card carrying members of the APC.
His words, “As loyal party members, we accept and wish to use this opportunity to thank them for allowing us to explore our aspirations even when it came at great political and personal cost to them”.
Akinlade thanked President Muhammadu Buhari “Who despite all efforts from certain quarters to blackmail us before him, stood by his conviction on the course of justice and fairness”.
“As democrats and believers in the rule of law, we must now set our grievances aside, display the same courage and high sense of responsibility that kept us on the cause for justice through the last 15 months. We must at this junction show that our efforts so far were truly driven by unwavering desire to sustain the unprecedented developmental strides recorded between 2011 and 2019 across our dear State”, he stated.
Akinlade assured his supporters that they had lost nothing “Rather, through our collective actions and support from God, we have set in motion a chain of actions that hinge on our resolve to sustain this noble vision tagged the Mission to Rebuild our Dear State- Ogun”.
But the leadership of the APC said they were not aware of any defection.
The Publicity Secretary of the APC’s Caretaker Committee, Tunde Oladunjoye in his reaction, said the party was not formally notified of any defection.
Oladunjoye said, “The party is yet to be formally notified of any defection. When we get a formal report of the defection, we will study it and react appropriately.”
“Anybody can just assemble themselves anywhere and say they have defected to the party but it is left for us as a responsible party to study the situation and react accordingly,” Oladunjoye added.