Ondo Election: APC Guber Aspirant, Oke Defects To AD

Olusola OkeAhead of the November 26 governorship election in Ondo State, Chief Olusola Oke, one of the aggrieved governorship aspirants of the All Progressives Congress (APC), yesterday decamped to Alliance for Democracy (AD).

Oke, who polled 576 votes after the September 3 gubernatorial primaries of the APC, said he dumped the party because of injustice.

His defection to the AD ends weeks of speculation about his next political move. It also marked the climax of the crisis rocking the APC over its controversial governorship primary that produced Chief Oluwarotimi Akeredolu (SAN) as the winner of the exercise.

It would be recalled that the National Chairman of APC, Chief John Odigie-Oyegun overruled the decision of the National Working Committee (NWC) that called for fresh primary following irregularities detected by the Appeal Committee that probed the post-primary crisis.

Mr. Oyegun’s decision to unilaterally over-ride the party’s NWC pitched him against a National Leader of the party, Asiwaju Bola Tinubu, who called for his resignation.

Addressing crowd of supporters at his Ijapo estate residence in Akure, the state capital yesterday, Mr. Oke said since the leadership of the party had failed to do justice to the irregularities, he decided to ‘step aside’ from APC in order realise his aspiration under the AD.

Oke, who was the former National Legal Adviser of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, described APC as a good party but lamented it had been hijacked by some cabals.

According to him, it was illogical and wrong for Oyegun to jettison the verdict of the majority members of the NWC when it was cleared the shadow election was allegedly manipulated in favour of the governorship candidate, Rotimi Akeredolu (SAN).

Oke noted that many APC stakeholders including Tinubu and former Vice President Atiku Abubakar, had condemned the NWC, calling for cancellation of the exercise, which was not addressed.

The legal practitioner assured his supporters that by God’s grace, he would actualise his dream on the platform of the AD.