By Deborah Oladejo, Osogbo
The Governorship Candidate of the Action Democratic Party (ADP) in the 2018 Osun Governorship election, Alhaji Moshood Adeoti on Friday declared his return to the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC).
Adeoti who was the Secretary to Osun State Government under Rauf Aregbesola announced his return to APC at his campaign office in Osogbo, the state capital of Osun.
He explained that several political and opinion leaders in the progressive fold within and outside the state made numerous overtures and mounted pressures on him as well as his numerous supporters to come back.
It would be recalled that Adeoti moved to the ADP after the crisis that broke out during the APC governorship primary in the state.
He said, “Since the said election was held, several political and opinion leaders in the progressive fold across the state and even beyond have been making numerous overtures and mounting pressure on my humble self and my numerous supporters on the need for our chickens to come home to roost.
“The result of the efforts of the likes of the former governor and pioneer National Chairman of the APC, Chief Adebisi Akande, immediate-past governor of the state and incumbent Minister for Interior, Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola and members of the State Elders Forum led by the former Secretary to the State Government, Chief Sola Akinwumi is what we are all witnessing today.
“It must not also go without particular mention the numerous efforts made by the current Governor of the State, Alhaji Gboyega Oyetola, who in spite of his very busy schedule, tirelessly mounted pressure on me and my supporters through telephone calls and personal visit to my residence in lwo, in company of the APC State Chairman, Prince Gboyega Famoodun and Alhaji Razak Salinsile, the state Secretary of the APC, on the need for us to return to the APC, where he said we rightly belong.”
The Iwo born politician said he decided to join ADP to pursue his governorship ambition because the party has similar progressive philosophy identical with that of the APC.
According to him, ““We made history in a way, in view of the number of votes (49,742) garnered, despite having barely less than two months to prepare for an election of such magnitude. No candidate in the political history of the state has ever neared that feat given that hard choice we made and environment we operated in.”
He directed all my teeming supporters across the state to do the same immediately. “All my supporters are also enjoined to go to their individual wards in their respective Local Government Council Areas in the state to formally join the party, APC, and actively participate in all party activities.
“We have been assured by the party leadership at the national and state levels that none of us would be reprimanded or discriminated against based on our past political efforts,” the former SSG noted.