First civilian governor of Osun State and former Chairman, Independent National Electoral Commission(INEC) in the Senate, Isiaka Adeleke, yesterday defected to the ruling All Progressives Congress(APC) with thousands of his supporters.
Adeleke, a former chieftain of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), was received with his supporters by the APC leaders, including the party’s national chairman, Chief Bisi Akande, as well as Governors Rauf Aregbesola (Osun) and Kayode Fayemi (Ekiti).
The colourful ceremony was held at the Nelson Mandela Freedom Park.
Addressing the huge crowd, Akande congratulated Aregbesola for Adeleke and his supporters’ decision to come into the APC.
He noted that Adeleke’s father was a renowned progressive politician with immense contributions, adding that he was glad to join other APC leaders to receive the former governor into the party.
Among the defectors that followed Adeleke into the APC were Mufutau Ayinde, Kamoru Adegoke, Kamoru Ajisafe, Bashir Salam and others.
All of them said they resolved to leave the PDP because of the violent nature of many of its chieftains and join the APC because of its progressive nature.
They also cited the performances of Governor Aregbesola as another decider for them.
Adeleke and his supporters were formally received and given the APC flags in place of that of the PDP, which was burnt.
The former governor narrated how he was violently attacked by the PDP governorship candidate, Senator Iyiola Omisore; Minister of Police Affairs, Alhaji Jelili Adesiyan, and others at a public function.
Adeleke, who said he did not have any problem with the PDP, maintained he left the party because he found it difficult to work with the criminals whom he said dominated the PDP in Osun State.
He said: “I can never work with criminal and violent people. My advice for the people of Osun State is that they should not vote for the criminals. They cannot do better than Aregbesola.”
Acknowledging Aregbesola’s performance, he assured him of his support for the second term.
Aregbesola berated the PDP for misrule, saying the people of Ede are progressive and cannot work with “those who have got nothing to offer them.”
He recalled the late sage Obafemi Awolowo’s prophecy that “the good people would be separated from the bad” and noted that Adeleke’s defection has made the prophecy very relevant.
Some of those in attendance at the event included the interim national legal adviser, Dr. Muiz Banire; the APC acting chairman in Osun State, Elder Adebiyi Adelowo; the governor’s wife, Sherifat; members of the National Assembly and the state House of Assembly and others.[The Nation]