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150 PDP members defect to APC in Osun

By Fisayo Akinduro, Osogbo


Scores of loyalists of the opposition party, the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, have defected to the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) in Egbedore Local Government Area in Osun State.

The defectors who attributed their  decision to the modest achievements the Governor Gboyega Oyetola-led administration has recorded in the last three years said they resolved to join the ruling party in order to be part of the success story.

Speaking on behalf of the defectors, Mr. Bamidele Sunday, said they were motivated to join the progressive party in the State, having seen and attested to the good works and tremendous achievements of Governor Oyetola.

This is even as Ogiyan of Ejigbo, Oba Omowonuola Oyesosin, Alawo of Awo, Oba Abdul-Rasaq Abioye, and the Alayemore of Ido-Osun, Oba Aderemi Adedapo, pledged their solidarity and support for the Governor, saying his “return for second term non-negotiable”.

The monarchs who appeared very elated and enthusiastic to receive the Governor in their domains, said they have already passed a resolution to work for his second term as there was no need changing a winning team.

They said the Governor has performed creditably well to earn a second term and continued royal support, having outweighed his predecessors in taking the welfare and general well-being of the masses, particularly the traditional rulers as priority.

Speaking in his palace, Ogiyan of Ejigbo, Oba Omowonuola Oyesosin, lauded the governor for his remarkable achievements in the last three years.

Ogiyan who described Oyetola as a welfarist and an administror par excellence, said, “I have never seen a governor like you since I have been on earth”

Oba Oyesosin thanked the governor for reconstructing Osogbo-Ejigbo road and for revitalising Ejigbo General Hospital which he said had been abandoned for years before his intervention.

“Since I have been on earth, I have never seen a Governor like Oyetola. I have spent 48 years on the throne and since my enthronement, I have never seen a man or Governor like you. You have done so well for me, my town, the Council and for the State. I am also Gboyega because your name has reflected in all you do, you have been doing great since assumption of office.

“We should do everything to support him. He has done many things that deserve prayers. Your good works will speak for you. It is God that makes kings or leaders. We are grateful to God for giving us a man like you to serve at this moment. Your second term ambition is a walk over as long as Ejigbo, and by extension, Osun, is concerned,” Oyesosin said.

“We want Ejigbo to Iwo road to be rehabilitated. We want the Faculty of Agriculture, the satellite campus of UNIOSUN in Ejigbo to become a full-fleged University of Agriculture. We thank you for equipping the General Hospital that you gave us. We appreciate the fire service station and we want them to be well equipped.”

In the same vein, Alawo of Awo, Oba Abdul-Rasaq Ajibade Adegboye Abioye, lauded the Governor for being resolute and committed to the people’s welfare since assumption of office.

Oba Abioye who enumerated some of the achievements of the Governor in the State in general and Egbedore Local Government Area in particular, disclosed that all the traditional rulers have resolved to work for him for second term.”

In their separate remarks, Alayemore of Ido-Osun, Oba Aderemi Adedapo and the Aragberi of


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