No fewer than four of the six leaders of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Osun State expelled by the party on Monday yesterday formally joined the All Progressives Congress (APC) at a rally in Illesa.
The former PDP members were received into the APC by the state Governor, Mr. Rauf Aregbesola, at a campaign rally organised by the APC in Ilesa.
The PDP leaders are the former state Secretary, Chief Yinka Adeojo, former Chairman, Osogbo Local Government, Alhaji Teslim Igbalaye, former Personal Assistant to former Governor Olagunsoye Oyinlola, Mr Razaq Oyelami and a former Assistant State Secretary of the party, Alhaji Razaq Oyetunji.
The PDP had on Monday announced the expulsion of six of its members over an alleged anti-party activities and franternising with former Governor Olagunsoye Oyinlola.
The state chairman of the party, Alhaji Ganiyu Olaoluwa, said the former PDP members who are still members of various federal boards, risk loosing their appointments.
Aregbesola, who spoke at the rally, cursed those who intend to cause confusion in the state ahead of the August 9 governorship election.
He also urged the people of the state to curse those who plan to ruin the state for political reasons.
Aregbesola also asked the people of the state to pray fervently for the smooth conduct of the election, saying the election would determine the future of the state. Also speaking, the Governor of Ogun State, Senator Ibikunle Amosun, admonished APC supporters to vote for Aregbesola on August 9.
The party said lying was a trademark of the PDP.
Reacting to a statement credited to PDP’s National Publicity Secretary, Olisa Metuh that, “while its candidate and members had been campaigning, the APC had been engaging in political gallivanting, rigmarole and ineffective propaganda.”
According to APC spokesman in the state, Mr. Kunle Oyatomi, said: “This is not different from the low-level intelligence of the Osun PDP executives.
According to the party, Metuh is unaware of the unprecedented crowd that grace APC rallies shows the abysmal level of ignorance at the apex of PDP hierarchy, or the sorry state of denial or both in which the PDP wallows.
“Olisa Metuh is as much a liar as Omisore,” the APC declared.”