Ondo 2016: Oke ditches APC for AD, woos APC stalwarts
Ahead of the November 26 governorship election in Ondo State, the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) candidate in the 2012 election and leading aspirant of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Chief Olusola Oke, has ditched APC for Alliance for Democracy (AD).
Oke, who addressed thousands of supporters and loyalists in Akure, yesterday, hinged his decision on alleged fraud and irregularities that marred the September 3 primary election of the party.
He said: “I was the first person to raise alarm over the giant fraud in that primary. I was later vindicated by the appeal committee, which ruled that the primary be cancelled, and that a new one be conducted where a popular candidate would emerge.
“But Oyegun and his cabal proceeded to submit that name to INEC, thereby killing the dream of Ondo State people in APC to have the true change they have been yearning for.
“I confess to you that the dreams of the founders of the APC is good and laudable. The philosophy behind APC is good but unfortunately some cabal hijacked the soul of the party at the national level.
“They have enthroned injustice over justice, inequality over equity, unfairness over fairness, and therefore they made it impossible for true change to be actualised this time on the platform of APC.”
Though the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) listed Dr. Akin Olowookere as the party’s governorship flag bearer last week, Oke said he would continue to lobby other disgruntled APC leaders to join his new party.