Oyinlola’s Defection And Loosing To PDP

By IAfrica
In Nigeria
Aug 15th, 2014

Facts have emerged that the Former Governor of Osun State, Olagunsoye Oyinlola, was humiliated by his people in the South West zone of the People’s Democratic Party ( PDP) hence his decision to dump the party.

Oyinlola, had four days before the Osun elections, Publicly decamped to the APC at the party’s mega rally in Osogbo held for the re-election of the state governor, Rauf Aregbesola.

His decision to decamp is not far fetched from the fact that he was being denied reinstatement to his position as Publicity Secretary.

Oyinlola had visited the Presidenial Villa some weeks before joining the APC, obviously to broker a deal with President Goodluck Jonathan, and had told journalists that whoever was occupying his office was an impostor.

According to a top ranking PDP source, Oyinlola was “humiliated by his brothers in the South West, for no particular reason and he could not take it”, that is why he left. The source who would not be named, also decried the fact that some people were not willing to allow for a peaceful settlement of the issue.

It was gathered that a memo for the reinstatement of Oyinlola as publicity secretary had already been signed and minuted on just about a week before he jumped ship, but this however did not see the light of day.

The altercation between the former governor and his tribal men, over what is yet to be disclosed, would be responsible for the fact that he could not deliver his own ward to his new ally, the now re-elected governor Aregbesola.

A brief history on the train Oyinlola hitched to get this far, would take us back to 2002, when he planned to run for the Senate seat of Osun Central Senatorial District, only to be drafted to vie for the governorship slot on the plattorm of the People’s Democratic Party, PDP.

He won the governorship election in 2003 and  later held office for a second tenure in 2003. The erstwhile governor of Osun State, Oyinlola held office until November 26, 2010 when the Court of Appeal quashed his tenure in office with the affirmation of Rauf Aregbesola as the winner of the 2007 election.

Shortly after, he bounced back to relevance when he was ‘elected’ the PDP national secretary but was soon shown the way out again.

This time, he sort redress in a court which further upturned his removal while the leadership of the PDP failed to reinstate him.

At the just held Osun state election, the Prince who had maintained a low profile all the while, failed to deliver his ward and polling unit.

For a political heavy weight, not many would have expected that he would not deliver his own town to the APC.

It was obvious that he may have taken a wrong turn at the last minute and therefore could not pull his full weight to garner support for his candidate. His defection took many of his supporters and followers alike by surprise, as many had hoped that issues he had in the PDP were being resolved.

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