More Trouble for ruling party in Ogun as eight lawmakers in the State House of Assembly on Tuesday defected to both the Peoples Democratic Party and the Social Democratic Party.
Recall that NewsWireNGR reported that former governor Olusegun Osoba had left the party along with the deputy only a few weeks ago hurting the chances of the ruling party ahead of the 2015 general elections in the state. Governor Ibikunle Amosun, Osoba and deputy governor had been at war leading to ‘irreconcilable differences’ in the state.
During the plenary, the Speaker, Mr. Suraj Adekunbi, read a letter announcing the defection of the lawmakers.
Those who defected are Salmon Adeleke, Joseph Adegbesan, and John Obafemi. They went to the PDP, although elected on the platform of the Peoples Party of Nigeria.
Remmy Hassan and Obafemi Olowo-Oloja, who also defected to the PDP, were elected on the platform of the defunct Action Congress of Nigeria which later metamorphosed into the All Progressives Congress.
Others who defected from the APC to the SDP are Olufemi Allen-Taylor, Oludaisi Elemide and Elizabeth Anifowose.
He said, “I received a letter announcing the defection of Messrs Joseph Adegbesan, Salmon Adeleke, John Obafemi, Remmy Hazzan and Obafemi Olowo-Oloja to the PDP.
“I also got three letters this morning from Hon. Olufemi Allen-Taylor, Oludaisi Elemide and Elizabeth Anifowose, announcing their defection from the All Progressives Congress to the Social Democratic Party.”
Adegbesan, Adeleke and Obafemi dumped the PPN to join the PDP while Hazzan and Olowo-Oloja also dumped the APC for the PDP.
The All Progressives Congress (APC) has expressed shock over the defection of some of its members in Ogun State to another party, but said the defection will not affect the overall chances of the party in the forthcoming polls
In a statement issued in Abuja on Thursday by its National Publicity Secretary, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, the party said the shock stemmed from the fact that efforts are ongoing to reconcile the aggrieved members in the Ogun State Chapter, hence it was expected that they will give room for the efforts to yield fruits.