Estranged National Secretary of the Peoples Democratic Party and a
former Governor of Osun State, Prince Olagunsoye Oyinlola, has said
that he will defect to the ruling All Progressives Congress in Osogbo
Sources within APC said Oyinlola would join the APC at the mega
rally of the ruling party in the state which is scheduled to hold in
Osogbo on Tuesday.
The development has generated excitement in the camp of the APC
because the former governor is considered to be very influential in
the politics of the state just as his defection is seen as a boost to
Governor Rauf Aregbesola’s chances of securing a second term in
office in the election holding on Saturday.
When Punch contacted him on the telephone on Monday, Prince
Oyinlola, who confirmed that he has dumped the PDP, said: “ So it
is. I am joining the APC.”
It became obvious that Oyinlola’s crisis with the PDP was far from
being over as he stayed away from the PDP mega rally which was
attended by President Goodluck Jonathan, VP Namadi Sambo,
National Chairman of the PDP, Alhaji Adamu Muazu; and the leaders
of the party last Saturday.
With Oyinlola’s defection to the APC as scheduled, all former
governors in Osun are now members of APC.
It would be recalled that Aregbesola had disclosed recently at a
campaign in Iwo that Oyinlola had become a member of the
APC. Aregbesola said, “ When the PDP was united as one party, we
defeated them. Now the good ones among them have left and are
now with us. All former elected governors in the state are now with
“The first elected governor, Alhaji Isiaka Adeleke, is with us; the
second governor, Baba (Bisi) Akande is with us. The third governor
Omo’ba (Prince Oyinlola), is also with us. I can say this but they
cannot say it.
“But a former deputy governor, who was chased from office
[Omisore] is the one they [PDP] are banking on to win the election,
they are joking. Their candidate has never won any election and he
cannot win this one. The only election he won was a gift to him from
the prince and he did not win but the election was manipulated for
him,” Governor Aregbesola added.