Less than two hours after OYO INSIGHT’s story about his defection, the lawmaker representing Ibadan North federal constituency in the House of Representatives, Hon. Abiodun Awoleye, has reacted.
In a release signed by his media assistant, Mr. Adeokin Nurudeen and made available to this newspaper, Awoleye, who is a second term member in the green chamber expressed regret about his defection, saying that the move is unexpected.
SEE PRESS STATEMENT
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Hon. Abiodun Dada Awoleye
24th, September, 2018.
AWOLEYE DUMPS APC
I make bold, without any iota of regret, to announce my defection from the All Progressives Congress (APC) and my membership henceforth of the African Democratic Congress (ADC).
This decision, I am sure, will be a shock to many of our political allies, most especially the Awoleye Solidarity Assembly, the Itesiwaju Awoleye Groups, Awoleye Solidarity Organisation, Awoleye Solidarity Movement and my innumerable ardent supporters across the nooks and crannies of Oyo State and beyond. Although my defection had been rumoured over a month ago, to many of you, this move is quite unexpected, judging by my heretofore priceless contributions to the success of the APC in Oyo State, and my unflinching support for, and loyalty to the outgoing Governor Abiola Ajimobi.
For those who may ask the ‘why’ question, this decision of mine is owing to divisions within Oyo State’s APC as well as some certain irreconcilable differences I have with the state leadership of the party.
Before I joined politics actively in 2006, I had vowed that I would never be part of any political arrangement which in any way falls short of true progressivism. If a man lacks personal philosophies and principles, he is unworthy of living. The soul of politics, I believe, lies in its democratic nature. Once politics stops being democratic, it ceases to be for the people and by the people.
Hence, I hereby declare my defection from the All Progressives Congress (APC) to the African Democratic Congress (ADC).