With about 7 days to the September 22 governorship election in Osun state, Adejare Bello, the former Speaker of the state House of Assembly, has defected to the All Progressives Congress (APC) after he resigned his membership of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) on Monday, September 17.
Adejare, in a letter addressed to Mr. Soji Adagunodo, the PDP state chairman, said that he resigned his membership because the party has drifted from the ideals of its founding fathers.
The former Speaker who was received into APC by Governor Rauf Aregbesola, at the party rally in Ede on Friday, September 14 used the occasion to deny some media reports that he received N100 million to defect to APC.
He, however, appealed to people of the state to massively vote for the APC in the forthcoming gubernatorial elections, adding that the party’s candidate has better plans for the state.
Gov. Aregbesola, in his remarks, commended Adejare for joining the party, and described his action as a “right step in the right direction.”
The governor urged the people of the state to vote for the party for continuity, assuring Osun citizens that the party would not disappoint them if voted again into power next Saturday, September 22.
Meanwhile, in an earlier report, NIGERIA NEWS had reported that former governor of Oyo state Rashidi Ladoja hospitalized at UCH after the ADC chairman collapsed in a meeting to review the party’s chance in Osun governorship election.