Governor Ibikunle Amosun’s choice for the Ogun State governorship position in 2019, Adekunle Akinlade, has defected from the All Progressives Congress, APC.
He has joined the Allied People’s Movement, APM.
His defection was announced at plenary of the House of Representatives on Thursday.
It would be recalled that Akinlade lost the battle for the governorship ticket in his state to Mr. Dapo Abiodun, in the primaries of the APC.
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Abiodun is the choice of the leadership of the APC.
Governor Amosun did everything he could to ensure that Akinlade got the ticket to no avail.
Really upset by the development, he said he was under pressure to dump the APC.
He however said he was committed to the second term bid of President Muhammadu Buhari.
From all indications, Akinlade will do battle for the governorship position on the platform of the APM.
The Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, has given the parties up till December 1 to change the name of their candidates for governorship and state houses of assembly elections.
Also announced was the defection of Rabiu Kaugama, from Jigawa, who moved from the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, to the Social Democratic Party, SDP; Mohammed Ajanah, Kogi from APC to PDP and Salisu Koko, Kebbi, from APC to SDP.