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Ex-Osun governor defects to APC

02 June 2014, 13:20

Osun - The first civilian governor of Osun state, Isiaka Adeleke, on Saturday described the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, as a platform that breeds and supports thuggery and violence.

Adeleke, also a former senator, spoke in Osogbo, the Osun state capital, while leading thousands of his supporters and former members of the PDP to the All Progressives Congress (APC).

Adeleke noted that with the alleged assault on him by the Minister of Police Affairs, Jelili Adesiyan, and the candidate of the PDP for the forthcoming governorship election in the state, Iyiola Omisore‎, he and his followers were no longer safe in the PDP.

The former governor claimed he was called upon by the leaders of the PDP to contest the governorship seat in Osun having realised that Omisore stood no chance against the incumbent governor, Rauf Aregbesola.

He said he was thereafter betrayed and hounded.

Also speaking at the event, Governor Aregbesola said Omisore lacked the mental capacity to govern the state as the values he is notorious for are alien to the people of Yorubaland.

Aregbesola said but for God all the feats he attained in the state would have been impossible. He admonished the people of the state against fighting the PDP, saying violence had become their stock in trade.

The governor said, “What will Adeleke want to gain from saying they want to kill him. He has been in the party for long. If we are not home with that, have we forgotten about the 5 people killed in Ife?

Earlier, the interim National Chairman of the APC, Bisi Akande, while presenting the flag of the party to Adeleke, said he was happy when the news broke that the former governor was joining the APC because of the numerical strength of Ede and the importance of Adeleke in the town.


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