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Osoba, Ogun deputy gov, others dump APC

A former governor of Ogun State,
Chief Olusegun Osoba, and the
Deputy Governor, Segun Adesegun, have defected
from the All Progressives Congress to the Social
Democratic Party.
A reliable source, who made this known on
Wednesday, also said that the three APC
senators from the state and six members of
House of Representatives had joined the SDP
train.
The Senators are Adegbenga Kaka, Gbenga
Obadara and Akin Odunsi, who represent Ogun
East, Ogun Central and Ogun West respectively.
The members of the House of Representatives
are Kunle Adeyemi, Babatunde Olabode, Olumide
Osoba, Abiodun Abudu, Odeleye Kehinde and
Bukunola Buraimo.
News of their defection coincided with the
resignation of Governor Ibikunle Amosun’s Senior
Special Assistant on Environment, Abayomi
Odunowo.
Adesegun had on October 24 sent a stinker to
Amosun, accusing him of starving his office of
funds, and allocating old vehicles to him.
In the letter personally signed by him and
published exclusively on October 29, by The
PUNCH the deputy governor advised Amosun to
fear God and warned that he might not win the
next governorship poll in the state.
A part of the letter read, “Your Excellency, while
writing this letter, my thoughts race to my
university days in Ile-Ife, Osun State where I
joined a group of bikers travelling around the
country out of youthful exuberance.
“During this period, one of my pastimes was
reading inscriptions on cars and buses to amuse
myself. In 1978, I witnessed a fatal accident near
a big tree at Alakia Junction in Ibadan on the way
to Ile-Ife involving a white Peugeot 504 station
wagon. Nearly everybody in the car died;
shockingly there were several amulets hung over
the car that had the word “I shall return” boldly
inscribed on both sides. Unfortunately, it did not
return. I therefore conclude that we all must fear
God.”
Kaka and Obadara confirmed the defection of the
politicians during separate telephone chats with
our correspondents.
One of our correspondents had asked the
Senator if the Osoba group had left the APC, he
replied “Something like that.”
When asked to be specific on Osoba and
Adesegun, he said, “All of us; we will soon have a
formal unveiling.”
Kaka also disclosed that Osoba and the
National Assembly members loyal to him had
started consultations and sensitisation visits to
the Local Government Areas in the state.
He said, “What we are doing currently is that we
are going about to the local governments to
sensitise the people of the need to register and
get their permanent voter cards.
“But we have not formally defected. You know
that if someone wants to defect to another party,
it must be done formally, so we need to do that.”
On his part, Obadara said, “Yes, I am in the SDP.
But it has not been made formal; we are in the
process of making it formal. In fact, all the
senators and members of the House of
Representatives are also in the SDP.
“We are out to rescue Ogun State from
recklessness and provide good governance. We
are not going to run a government of my friends,
my school mates and my family.”
When contacted , Adesegun said he would always
be in a party where his leader(Osoba) belonged.
He said, “Osoba is our leader, I am talking about
politics in Yorubaland. Nobody can create leaders
for us in Ogun State.”
Efforts to speak with Osoba did not yield any
result, as he neither picked a call made to his
telephone line nor responded to the text message
sent to him on the matter.
When contacted, the state commissioner for
Information and Strategy, Yusuph Olaniyonu,
said, “It is purely a party affair.”
But the national leadership of the APC expressed
shock over the defection, saying the party
would restrategise to cushion the effect of the
defection of the politicians.
It said through its National Publicity Secretary,
Lai Mohammed, that it was inching towards
reconciling the factions in its Ogun State chapter.
“We read it only in the newspapers like you read
it. We thought we were making a breakthrough in
our reconciliation talks. So, it was a shock to us,”
the APC added.
It admitted that the defection might affect its
chances of retaining the state in 2015, but said it
“will go back to the drawing board and redouble
our efforts.”
On what would happen to the deputy governor of
the state, the APC said, “The party in Ogun State
will decide what to do with the deputy governor.
Right now, our own is to face the new challenge.”
Just as news of the defection of Osoba and others
gained ground, the SSA on Environment to
Amosun told The PUNCH that he had resigned.
His resignation came barely two months after
the Special Adviser to the governor on
Environment, Abimbola Lanre-Balogun, quit.
Odunowo, in his resignation letter dated October
31, 2014 and addressed to the Secretary to the
State Government, Taiwo Adeoluwa, said he
wanted to pursue a new opportunity, which has
‘‘presented itself.’’
Part of the letter read, “This is to inform you that
an opportunity has presented itself that will
enable me to work in the area of my stated
preference.
“I believe the reasons leading to this decision are
known to you and I will therefore leave them
unsaid at this time.
“I am therefore tendering my resignation letter
and wish to inform you that 5th November, 2014,
will be my last day in employment.”
Odunowo thanked the governor for the
opportunity given him to serve, describing it as a
‘‘truly outstanding experience.’’
Odunowo told our correspondent that he
resigned to pursue his senatorial ambition,
stressing that he wanted to effect a change for
the people of Ogun East.

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