The All Progressives Congress, APC, in Ondo State has stated that the defection of a former governorship aspirant of the party, Chief Olusola Oke to Alliance for Democracy, AD, will not affect the chances of the party in the November 26 gubernatorial poll. It said it would rather completely collapse the already sinking Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, where it is believed that he has a chunk of his supporters. The party made this known through its State Publicity Secretary, Omo’ba Abayomi Adesanya, disclosing that none of the party’s core members joined Oke in defecting to AD.
APC added that the former governorship aspirant’s defection did not take the party by surprise as they generally believe that a Leopard will never change its spot. It also revealed that the party leadership, particularly those in the Southwest have never for once trusted Oke’s claim that he is done with the PDP. It noted that it was one of the reasons he was moving from one media house to another pledging his loyality to the party and promising not to defect from APC if he did not get the party’s ticket.It stressed that while Oke was wearing the cloth of APC, they still believed that the blood of PDP runs in his vein. The party said that they were aware from day one when Oke joined APC that he does not love the party, but only has a mission to destroy the party and leave . The party said, “that was why Oke was the first aspirant to raise an alarm over the governorship primary election and thereafter arranged his female cook and one his family members to present themselves as fake delegates allegedly used during poll in order to dent the free and fair poll.”
The party boasted that APC would defeat Oke at his stronghold which is believed to be the southern senatorial district, saying some credible politicians are already waiting for him to leave so that they can come in. The party alleged that Oke’s defection to APC shortly after former President Goodluck Jonathan lost during the Presidential election was to cover his many atrocities. It also alleged that Oke unpleasant character was why APC failed to win his local government, Ilaje during the poll.
The party added that Oke could not deliver two constituencies in his local government, Ilaje during the state Assembly election despite his claim that he is strong in the riverine area. Adesanya maintained that Ondo State people only know Oke a as political harlot who jumps around from one party to another. His words, “We are relieved that Oke has finally left our great party, we can now sleep with our two eyes closed “The fear of mole in our party has vanished, we can now hold political discussion without fear of betrayal
“This forthcoming elections will be a contest of integrity versus valueless images, we are sure that the people of Ondo State are watching and they ready to follow the path of integrity. “We thank God that our party is finally free from pretenders, those who love their ambitions than the good people of Ondo State. “We are confident that, with the people of Ondo State behind us, victory is a starting point.”