The All Progressives Congress, (APC) has been hit by fresh defections in Ogun State.
No fewer than 26 loyalists of Ibikunle Amosun, the state governor, defected from the party on Monday and joined the Allied People’s Movement.
The defectors were the aggrieved members of the APC who claimed to have won the legislative primaries of the APC conducted by the state election committee, appointed by the National Working Committee held October 8, 2018, in the state.
Lamidi Olatunji, spokesman of the group, said they had been declared winners by Ali Ciroma, the committee chairman but had been refused forms of nomination by the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, until it closed on December 2.
Olatunji in his speech titled, â€˜Why we are leaving APC for APMâ€™, said â€œafter extensive and due consultations with our elders, members and stakeholders in the APC in Ogun State, we have come to the inevitable conclusion to seek the general mandate of our people in the 2019 elections on the platform of the Allied Peopleâ€™s Movement .
â€œWe wish to state that this is without prejudice to the progressive ideals which have endeared our candidature and our political group to the good people of Ogun Stateâ€
He, however, said,”We regret that Mr. Presidentâ€™s efforts were frustrated by the forces that are hell-bent in taking the South West back to the dark age of slavery where unelected kingpins direct the affairs of the people.
â€œWe are committed to the second term of President Muhammadu Buhari and we are determined to deliver Ogun State to him in the Presidential election, come February 16, 2019, by the grace of God.
â€œWe are going to work tirelessly for the election of Adekunle Akinlade who was overwhelmingly elected as the governorship candidate of the APC, but, denied the ticket by the same forces that hijacked our tickets.â€
Olatunji stated that their defection had nothing to do with Amosun.