Hakeem Gbadamosi -Akure
INDICATION emerged on Monday that the governorship candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Ondo State during the 2012 governorship election, Chief Olusola Oke, might have concluded arrangements to join the All Progressives Congress (APC).
Oke, who was at the APC secretariat on Monday evening, with some members of the PDP in the state, met with the leaders of the APC in the state to conclude on his defection, which will be formally announced today.
Some of the strong members of the PDP in the state who attended the meeting with Oke included Princess Oladunni Odu, Alaba Isijola, the Director General of Dr Bode Olajumoke campaign organisation, Demola Ijabiyi, Mrs Febisola Adeyemi, among others.
According to a source, Oke and his group had decided to work for the APC in the next election, to spite the state governor, Olusegun Mimiko, for marginalising some members of the old PDP after he defected to the party.
Details of the meeting were still sketchy as of the time of filing this report, but the executive of APC who met with the aggrieved members of the PDP had been assured of their support.
Speaking after the meeting, Oke said he had come to felicitate with the APC in the state over the victory at the March 28 elections, adding that there was nothing wrong for him to visit the APC chairman.
He said he paid similar visit to Abeokuta, Ogun State, on Sunday, to thank former president, Chief Olusegun Obasanjo, for helping the country by keeping it as one during the trying period.
Oke also said there was nothing wrong to join the party and embracing the change being witnessed in the state, adding that he did not rule out the possibility of joining the party.
“Members of APC are our brothers and we have come to rejoice with them over the victory,” he said.
He described APC as God’s own party, saying he will not rule out the possibility of joining the party in order to be part of the moving train to salvage the state from further destruction.
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