THERE is palpable tension and anxiety within the Ogun State chapter of the ruling All Progressives Congress following indications that the member representing Remo Federal Constituency in the National Assembly, Honourable Ladipupo Adebutu, may be planning to dump the opposition Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and pitch his tent with the ruling party ahead of the 2019 General Elections.
Adebutu, a staunch member of the Senator Ahmed Makarfi-led faction of the PDP, is the son of billionaire Adebutu Kessington and an ally of former Governor Otunba Gbenga Daniel. The younger Adebutu had before now, left no one in doubt of his readiness to contest for the governorship position of the state in 2019.
Reliable sources within the ruling APC, within and outside the state, revealed to The Nation that the Iperu-Remo born politician, may have resolved to move over to the ruling party in order to achieve his 2019 political ambition following the unending crisis that has crippled his current party, the PDP.
The Nation gathered that Adebutu, who before now is an unrelenting critic of the current APC administration in the state, led by Governor Ibikunle Amosun, may have started the process of his defecting to the ruling party by reaching out to some prominent APC leaders within and outside the state to facilitate a soft landing for himself and his associates.
The lawmaker, who is the Chairman of the House Committee on Rural Development, according to a close aide of his who craved anonymity, has been bothered about the dwindling political fortunes of the PDP in Ogun State, occasioned by the intra party crisis that has seen the troubled party divided into factions after the 2015 General Elections in the state.
The PDP in Ogun State today is divided into about three factions with each of the factions loyal to a political leader of their choice. While the most prominent faction remains the Omo-Ilu group, led by the member representing Ogun East in the senate, Senator Buruji Kashamu, another leading faction is that being controlled by Otunba Gbenga Daniel and Hon. Adebutu.
“The trouble within the PDP in Ogun State is enough for any serious politician to consider a shift to another party. It is wrong for anybody to accuse Hon. Adebutu of jumping from one party to another. As a politician who is desirous of contesting and winning elections, it is not out of place for him to be considering his political future very seriously.
I can tell you that as a political group, we in LADO Organisation have had reasons to worry about the current state of the PDP. We have also had reasons to ponder on possible options for the purpose of achieving our political aspirations. This is not just about Ladi Adebutu, it is about the entire political family,” an aide of the lawmaker told The Nation.
It was also gathered that the lawmaker, through his prominent father and other dignitaries, may have commenced discussion with the governor over his plan to join the ruling party. A source very close to the leadership of the party in the state said recently that there were talks about Adebutu and some other chieftains of his faction of the PDP defecting to the APC.
It is being discussed both within the ruling APC and the opposition PDP. We are hearing of their intention to join us. This has been on for a while now and although some of them have been denying it, some others have been openly fraternizing with our party in recent times. I even heard that Adebutu’s father met and discuss the possibility of his son joining the ruling party with Governor Amosun,” our source added.
It is also part of the talks going around that the lawmaker may also be considering trading his governorship ambition which he has worked really hard on within the opposition PDP, for a senatorial ticket, if he eventually defects into the ruling APC. Sources claim this new line of thinking is part of the deal being brokered with Governor Amosun by emissaries on Adebutu’s behalf.