Oyinlola dumps PDP for APC
•‘Security crackdown on our members’
A crackdown on the All Progressives Congress (APC) started yesterday with the arrest of its leader in Osun State ahead of Saturday’s governorship election, the party has alleged.
It said the People Democratic Party (PDP)-led Federal Government, which vowed to militarise the state has started acting out its plan.
Also yesterday, it was learnt that former Governor Olagunsoye Oyinlola would defect to the APC from the PDP today at a mega rally in Osogbo, the state capital.
Prince Oyinlola wrote last week to President Goodluck Jonathan about his plan to “think seriously about my political journey and take firm decision”.
“I’m not wanted by the National Leader (President Goodluck Jonathan) of the party (PDP),” he wrote, adding that he was eased out of the PDP national secretary’s seat, despite a court order that he remained the party’s national secretary.
The APC said: “Hon. Yemi Oke, a leader of APC in Obokun Local Government, was arrested by ‘Special Forces’ from Abuja, led by local PDP leaders at about 2.30 am today (yesterday).
“The ‘Special Forces’ had earlier in the night visited his Ilare-Ijesa home to arrest him but he was not found.
“The PDP leaders then led the Special Forces to his Osogbo residence where he was picked up and hounded into detention.
At the release of this statement, the fate of Hon. Oke remains unknown while no security agency has explained the reason for his arrest and detention.”
In another statement, party spokesman Kunle Oyatomi alleged that security forces had started a planned lock-down of Osogbo, to prevent crowds of supporters from attending the APC’s rally slated for today.
“Road blocks and checkpoints have been mounted on all roads leading to Osogbo from within and outside the state, causing traffic bottlenecks and logjams. This will also increase in intensity between today and tomorrow,” he said.
It was gathered yesterday that Oyinlola would defect to the APC with his supporters.
Sources said the former governor made wide consultations among his political supporters across the state before taking the decision to join the APC.
Oyinlola and some of his political associates took the decision to dump the PDP last Saturday at a marathon meeting reportedly held at his Okuku country home in Odo-Otin Local Government Area.
It was said that Oyinlola found it very difficult to take the decision because of pressure from some bigwigs from both the PDP and the APC.
Some of the chieftains of the APC expected at today’s mega rally include: National Chairman Chief John Odigie-Oyegun, former Head of State Gen. Muhammadu Buhari, former Vice President Atiku Abubakar, former Lagos State Governor, Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu, Rivers State Governor Rotimi Amaechi and other political big wigs.
“He (Oyinlola) declined the proposal to quit the PDP because he was hoping his matter would be revisited by the leadership of the party. He so much believed that his reinstatement as the National Secretary would be effected as ordered by the court of law.
Some of Oyinlola’s associates including a former PDP secretary Chief Yinka Adeojo, former Osogbo Local Government Chairman Teslim Igbalaye and others joined the APC at arally in Ilesa about three weeks ago.
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