The preferred candidate of Ibikunle Amosun, governor of Ogun state, for the 2019 governorship election in the state, Abiodun Akinlade, has dumped the All Progressive Congress (APC) for the Allied People’s Movement (APM).
Akinlade made the announcement of his defection from his former party on the flour of the House of Representative on Thursday.
Three other members of the lower legislative chamber moved to other parties.
They are Rabiu Kaugama from Jigawa who moved from the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) to the Social Democratic Party (SDP), Salisu Koko from Kebbi who also joined APC but from SDP and Mohammed Ajanah from Kogi who defected from APC to PDP.
Akinlade lost the governorship ticket of the state to his rival Dapo Abiodun despite all efforts put in place by Amosun to make him secure it.
Following the controversies which trailed the primaries, Amosun had said he was under pressure to leave the ruling party.
However, he pledged loyalty to President Muhammadu Buhari, promising to work for his re-election.
The governor, also lambasted the leadership of the party for the misfortune of the party and vowed to hand over to Akinlade in 2019.
Apparently as a result of the crisis in the party, Amosun was the only south-west governor absent when Isiaka Oyetola was sworn in as governor of Osun state on Tuesday.
The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has given parties up till December 1 to substitute candidates for governorship and state houses of assembly elections.