2023: After Oyetola’s Defeat, Aregbesola’s Close Associate Dumps APC, Gives Reason
This time in the polity is a season where personal interest is above the will of the people and the political parties
Ahead of the 2023 general elections, the ruling APC has been contending with a gale of defections from top party chieftains and major stakeholders
Recent is Rauf Aregbesola’s loyalist, Dr. Wale Bolorunduro who just joined the opposition PDP, after announcing his defection from the APC cited irreconcilable differences with Governor Gboyega Oyetola
Dr. Wale Bolorunduro, who served as Osun State Commissioner for Finance during the first term of ex-governor Rauf Aregbesola, Wednesday, July 27, announced his defection to the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), The Punch reports.
Bolorunduro, an ally of Aregbesola, had a running battle with the administration of Governor Gboyega Oyetola, especially regarding state debt portfolio, and when the state government decided to subject some of the mega schools built by the previous administration to an integrity test.
The commissioner gave his reason
Speaking to newsmen in Osogbo, where he disclosed he had dumped the All Progressives Congress (APC) for the PDP, Bolorunduro said the current ruling party in Osun state had gone beyond redemption with deceit, injustice and lack of fairness.
The ex-finance commissioner added that the leadership of the APC
in the state had sidelined him to the extent that he was not involved in the matter concerning it even in his ward.
According to him, the decision to quit the APC was not for political patronage in his new party, adding that having consulted with his followers and families, it was agreed that he should move to the PDP.
“I have been in APC for eight years (after I left office) without any patronage, benefits or appointment, yet I worked for the party in the 2015 and 2019 federal elections. I can survive outside government and very well too.”
Atiku knocks Tinubu over Muslim-Muslim ticket, says APC leader suffering from memory loss
In another development, Atiku Abubakar, the presidential candidate of the PDP, hit back at his rival, Bola Tinubu of the APC, over his position on his memory state.
Atiku claimed Tinubu wanted the vice-president slot during their days in Action Congress (AC) in 2007, but he declined because of his consideration of the religious configuration of Nigeria.
Tinubu, on the other hand, said Atiku was lying, adding that he was actually offered the position, but Atiku, in his reaction to the denial, said Tinubu’s memory failed him.
Amaechi, Tinubu’s camp at war over alleged voter inducement
Meanwhile, there seems to be a growing disparity between the camp of Bola Tinubu and Rotimi Amaechi over the past few days.
Ameachi was alleged to have made a comment aiming a dig at the APC standard bearer.
However, Ameachi’s camp has sort to clear the air on the alleged comment stating that it was a mere misconception.