Azeez Adesiji, Deputy Chairman of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) in Osun State, has led eight members of the State Working Committee and 6,200 members of the party at local government and ward levels to the Action Democratic Party (ADP).
Toye Akinola, Chairman of ADP, received the former APC leaders and their followers at the secretariat of the party in Osogbo on Monday.
Addressing the crowd at his new party, Adesiji said “nepotism, impunity and unconcerned attitude” of the decision makers forced him out of APC.
“I, Alhaji Azeez Issa Adesiji and other state exco members wish to make it known to you all about our defection into this new, credible, alternative party because of impunity and undemocratic practices witnessed in our former party, the All Progressives Congress, Osun State, which is unbecoming of an acclaimed progressive party,” he said.
“Among the 780 local government executives in APC in Osun State, 580 are moving with me, the deputy state chairman of the party, to our new party, the Action Democratic Party,
“Also, among the 8,632 executives at the ward level in the APC, 5,620 are also joining the train to our new party, Action Democratic Party.”
Responding, Akinola expressed happiness with the defectors, saying they would all be accommodated.