A political stalwart of All Progressives Congress (APC), Osun State chapter and the immediate past Chairman of the state Local Government Service Commission, Chief Peter Babalola, on Friday, defected to the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), with his supporters.
It would be recalled that Babalola, a prominent indigene of Ikire who resigned his appointment on Thursday in Osogbo had during a chat with the Tribune newspaper declared that it was the turn of Osun West Senatorial District to produce the next governor of the state.
During an elaborate reception held at the PDP state secretariat, Osogbo to receive him and his supporters into the party, the state Chairman of the party, Hon Soji Adagunodo said Babalola had “come back to the house he built alongside other major stakeholders of the opposition party.”
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He stated that “at Ila Orangun, on Thursday, we received more than 5, 000 APC members into the PDP. This is a gathering storm shattering the APC in Osun. It would soon assume the level of a hurricane
Adagunodo said, “I am happy that our leader, Chief Peter Babalola is coming back to the PDP, the house he joined other stakeholders of our party to build more than a decade ago. He is joining us today with his teeming supporters, numbering over 8,000 across all the 30 local government areas of the state. He has come back to his house. He is teaming with us to take over power from the APC, Aregbesola and his cohorts.
In his remark, Babalola attributed parts of his decision to dump the APC to the failure of the party to abide by the principle of equity and justice, which he said, the founding fathers of Osun State laid, with a view to enhancing the even social and economic development of all senatorial districts and federal constituencies in the state.
He further stated that “I am happy seeing all of you again. We have to remember some of our leaders, who have passed on, including late Senator Isiaka Adeleke, Chief S. M. Afolabi. I would not be a passenger of a vehicle destined to crash. APC is destined to crash.”
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