Thirteen All Progressives Congress (APC) lawmakers in Ogun state and 13 state assembly aspirants on Monday defected the Allied Peoples Movement (APM).
A report by Daily Trust said the defectors have the backing of the state Governor Ibikunle Amosun.
The deectors said the mandate given to them during October 7 legislative primary of the APC was stolen by the national leadership of the party.
Amosun had specifically accused the National Chairman of APC, Adams Oshiomhole of “perpetrating another evil” in Ogun State barely few days after his “candidates” were not given Candidates Form (CF001) at the expiration of submission of candidate’s names to the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC).
Addressing journalists in Abeokuta today, the spokesperosn of the aggrieved aspirants, Lamidi Olatunji, said they “have come to inevitable conclusion to actualise their ambitions in APM.”
It was gathered that the aspirants would be joining Amosun’s anointed candidate, Adekunle Akinlade, who had equally defected to APM last Thursday, having lost APC governorship ticket to Dapo Abiodun.
Olatunji, however, pledged their support for President Muhammadu Buhari’s second term bid.
He said “We also wish to acknowledge the fatherly role of President Muhammadu Buhari in seeking to sustain the tenets of democracy fairness and equity in the resolution of the crisis in Ogun APC.
“We regret that Mr President’s efforts were frustrated by the forces that are hellbent in taking the Southwest back to the dark age of slavery where unelected kingpins direct the affairs of the people.”
Olatunji sadi urged their supporters and admirers to move into APM as “the new vehicle for the development of Ogun State.”
Commissioners of Information and Strategy, Dayo Adeneye, and that of Education, Science and Technology, Modupe Mujota, were among the defectors.