Wednesday, 6 August 2014

Osun APC Mega Rally: PDP Hidden Secrets Exposed In Oyinlola’s First Public Speech As APC Member

A former governor of Osun State, Olagunsoye Oyinlola, on Tuesday dumped the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, for the All Progressives Congress, APC. His defection came barely a week after he wrote to President Goodluck Jonathan to intimate him of his desire to leave the PDP. The former National Secretary of the PDP, made his intention known at the APC final campaign rally held in Osogbo, the Osun State capital, for the re-election of Governor Rauf Aregbesola.
Oyinlola, who was sacked in January 2013 by a Federal High Court in Abuja, won an appeal but by then, the PDP had appointed an indigene of Lagos State, Remi Akitoye as acting national secretary. Weeks later, the South West Chapter picked Wale Oladipo, from Osun State, as the party’s substantive secretary. Although, Oyinlola attended a closed-door meeting with Jonathan, alongside the PDP National Chairman, Adamu Mu’azu on July 1st at the presidential villa, Tuesday’s development shows the reconciliation talks didn’t work.
Speaking at the rally, Oyinlola, told the crowd of how Jonathan
in 2010, invited him to inform him about his plan to run in the 2011 presidential election and that he (President) was going to consult PDP leaders. The former PDP national secretary said he asked the President to first consult former President Olusegun Obasanjo because he (Obasanjo) would rally party supporters to back him in the election.
He regretted that despite the huge support from Mr. Obasanjo, the President has been trying to ridicule and humiliate the former General. Oyinlola lamented how the South West Chapters of the PDP were dissolved without consulting the former president, an influential founding member. He later asked the people of Osun State to vote for Mr. Aregbesola, who succeeded him when he was sacked by the Court of Appeal in Ibadan in November 2010.
The former governor said the PDP governorship candidate, Iyiola Omisore, could not be trusted because he was “self-centred, greedy and selfish.” On the murder of a former governor of the old Oyo State, Bola Ige in December 2001, Mr. Oyinlola said although he did not know how he (Ige) died, “what I know is that he (Omisore) was arrested in connection with the murder of Bola Ige”. Oyinlola vowed to work with the APC to ensure the re-election of Aregbesola on August 9.

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