- Gbenga Awosode, the special adviser on cooperatives to Governor Rauf Aregbesola of Osun state, has resigned his position from the government and membership of the ruling APC
- Awosode sent his resignation letter to Aregbesola and announced his withdrawal of membership from APC in the state
- The state governor is said to have accepted his letter of resignation
Gbenga Awosode, the special adviser on cooperatives to Osun state Governor Rauf Aregbesola, has resigned his position from the state government and defected from the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) to the Action Democratic Party (ADP).
Daily Independent reports that Awosode sent his resignation letter to the state governor and the state party leadership also announcing his withdrawal of membership from APC in the state.
NAIJ.com gathered that Governor Aregbesola is said to have accepted his letter of resignation. Awosode is believed to have taken the decision to join the team of Moshood Olalekan Adeoti, former secretary to Osun State Government (SSG), who also defected to the ADP.
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Other members of the working committee that defected along with Adesiji to ADP are: Tajudeen Agbeti, ex-officio, Ademola Bamidele, state auditor, Rasheed Bakare, assistant general secretary; Akinola Morakinyo, state public relations officer; Wole Adunola, ex-officio, Idayat Bakare, assistant welfare secretary; Ogundare Aina Afolabi, assistant public relations officer and Sikiru Karim, assistant treasurer.
While declaring their membership for the ADP, Adesiji said 580 local government executive members across 25 local government councils of the state, as well as 5,620 ward executives of the APC, were defecting along with them.
He noted that they were defecting into ADP, a new credible alternative party, because of impunity and undemocratic practices being practised in their former party.
According to him, “Among the 780 local executives in the APC in Osun state, 580 are now moving with me. Also, among the 8,632 ward executives of APC in the state, 5,620 are also joining the train to our new party ADP.
“We also objected the idea of Osun state being run as an output if another state and the principle of fairness and even development in which the creation of Osun State was agitated has been abandoned by APC cabal in Osun state.
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“With the aforementioned above reasons, myself and others here present and many more of our followers at home have chosen the path of honour by resigning our membership from APC and informing the good people of the state and country at large of our decision to move en-masse into the vibrant and dynamic Action Democratic Party.“
In their joint letter of resignation addressed to Gboyega Famodun, state chairman of APC, Adediji said that they took the decision after due consultations with their mentors, close political associates and public and lovers of the party.
While receiving former members of ADP into the fold of the party, Toye Ola Akinola the state chairman of ADP, expressed happiness at the decision taken by the defectors and assured them of great benefit for their action.
Meanwhile, NAIJ.com had reported that Governor Aregbesola said he was not owing civil servants salaries. Aregbesola said this in Osogbo, at a symposium organized by the Osun command of the police community relations committee.
The governor said in spite of the economic challenges confronting the nation and the state in particular, his administration had not failed in paying workers regularly.
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