By Ismail Afolabi and Ismail Balogun, Osogbo
First civilian Governor of Osun State and former chieftain of the Peoples’ Democratic Party (PDP) in the state, Senator Isiaka Adeleke Saturday formally defected to the All Progressives’ Congress (APC) in Osogbo, the state capital along with his teeming supporters.
The rally held to receive Senator Adeleke was attended by Osun State Governor, Mr Rauf Aregbesola, his Ekiti State counterpart, Dr Kayode Fayemi and the interim National Chairman of APC, Chief Adebisi Akande.
Adeleke said he dumped PDP because of the way PDP candidate for the August 9 governorship election in the state, Senator Iyiola Omisore and Minister of Police Affairs; Alhaji Abdul-Jeleel Adesiyan maltreated him at Ideal Nest Hotel in Osogbo prior to the primary election of the party last April.
Adeleke commended Aregbesola’s administration for its developmental projects and assured that he will work hard for APC to ensure victory for Aregbesola in the forthcoming August 9 governorship election in the state.
Speaking on the occasion, Aregbesola condemned the 15 years rule of the Peoples’ Democratic Party (PDP) at the central government, saying the party has brought untold hardship to Nigerians.
Specifically, Aregbesola noted that the PDP in the last 15 years of its rule has failed to find solution to the major problems confronting the country, especially poverty, which he said is associated with a greater number of people in the country.
Aregbesola said the Yoruba nation has not benefited in any way from the PDP since the country returned to democratic rule in 1999.
He said there is no member of the PDP in the South West who has contributed in any way to the growth and development of the Yoruba nation and urged all Yorubas to shun the PDP and team up with the APC to develop the Yoruba nation.
Extolling the virtues of Adeleke, Aregbesola stated that “of all the contestants for senatorial positions in the PDP in 2011, Adeleke was the only one who won in his Local Government. Our party defeated Senator Iyiola Omisore in his ward in Ile-Ife and Oyinlola was also defeated in his Local Government Area.”
Also, Ekiti State Governor, Dr Kayode Fayemi said the 2015 general election would mark the end of the PDP rule in the country, stressing the need for all Nigerians to vote out the PDP at the centre for good governance and development to be enhanced in the country.
The APC interim National Chairman, Chief AKande who lauded what he described as “home coming” of Adeleke said the APC was prepared to take over from the PDP in 2015 and urged all Nigerians to support the party to realize its desire.
He assured Adeleke and his supporters of equal treatment with other members of the party,, saying there would not be discrimination against Adeleke and his supporters who followed him to the party.