Ahead of the governorship election in Oyo state, no few than three thousand members of the African Democratic Congress, defected to the Action Democratic Party to join the former Governor of the state, Christopher Adebayo Alao-Akala.
The former governor is the governorship candidate of ADP in the forthcoming general elections. The defectors among whom were market women, traders, artisans and youths were led to the ADP by Hon. Khalil Mustapha, a State House of Assembly aspirant in Ibadan North Constituency 1.
Mustapha, while speaking on the reason behind their defection, stated that they took the step because of series of internal crises affecting ADC in the past few months which are yet to be solved.
He claimed that the prolonged crisis affecting the party has gone beyond redemption, hence the need for any serious-minded politician to quit the party before it will be too late.
Mustapha said, “For us as serious-minded politicians, we have weighed our options and we have decided to make this move without looking back. I for one and the scores of teeming supporters you see here today cannot allow the selfish interest of an individual jeopardise our own political future.
“We have sojourned in the wilderness for years and now God has placed our feet on the path to success.
“You cannot build something on nothing. It is only an unserious minded party that will present up to three gubernatorial candidates within the space of one month and still expect to perform magic at the polls, hence our decision to jettison the sinking sheep of ADC and join this Noah’s ark captained by Otunba Adebayo Alao-Akala”.
He further stated that the leadership of the party in Oyo state are more interested in their selfish ambition than the overall plight of the masses in the state thereby leading to unending crisis over the sharing of political offices to be contested for in the 2019 general elections.
He, however, expressed the readiness of the defectors to work for the success of the ADP, its governorship candidate, Alao-Akala and other contestants on the platform of the party in the 2019 general elections.
He said, “I can readily assure you all that we are determined to ensure that ADP in Oyo state has come to stay for good in Oyo state and with the array of quality and qualified candidates chosen to fly the flag of the party, I can assure you success is guaranteed God willing”.