Gov Gboyega Oyetola of Osun and the National Secretary of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Sen Iyiola Omisore, on Tuesday received 10,000 defectors from the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Osun.
A factional Chairman of PDP in the state, Mr Wale Ojo, who led the defecting members, said that they left the party to align with a symbol of excellence and progress in the state.
“Joining the opposition PDP in Osun is like joining forces with wasters.
“Parties that have become serial failures are not worth following for anyone who is serious and driven by excellence.
“That is why we have come to align with a symbol of excellence and progress in Gov Oyetola,” Ojo said on behalf of the Osun PDP defectors.
Also speaking, Mr Albert Adeogun, running mate to PDP’s candidate in the 2018 governorship election, Sen Ademola Adeleke, lauded the governor for bringing stability to the troubled political situation in the state.
“Today, we have come to align with the progressive party to contribute to the great work that is being done.
“We hail the governor, who in spite of the lean purse of the state has steady the sinking ship”, he said .
While receiving the defectors, Omisore, commended the PDP defectors for taking the right decision to join the development train of the Oyetola led progressive government of Osun State.
The APC National Secretary, who described their defection as noble and thoughtful, said they were back into the family that provides an atmosphere of equality and justice.
“We have received you wholeheartedly and welcomed you into an atmosphere of equality and justice.
“We invite you to join hands with us and let us work together for the development of our beloved Osun and our nation.”
Also, Gov Oyetola commended the former PDP members turned defectors for taking a bold and decisive step to enhance their political relevance in Osun State.
In his words: “I congratulate our friends and brothers who have made a critical decision for their political careers and fortunes.
“You have come at the right time and you have nothing to fear.
“You are already members, there will be no discrimination whatsoever.
“Senator Omisore is a testimony that our party values people of substance and gives a fair chance to all,” the governor said.