Osun Assembly member dumps APC for PDP, Aregbesola’s appointee resigns - AFRICAN PARLIAMENTARY NEWS



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Thursday, August 23, 2018

Osun Assembly member dumps APC for PDP, Aregbesola’s appointee resigns

A member of the ruling All Progressives Congress, APC, representing Ila State Constituency in Osun State House of Assembly, Clement Akanni, on Thursday, defected to the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).

Akanni, while narrating the rationale behind his defection at the palace of Orangun of Ila, said he was forced out of the APC by those he considered as political adversaries, accusing the party of reneging in all its promises to his community.

According to him “Our College of Education used to have 33,000 students, it now has less than 2,000. APC promised to upgrade our institution to university all to no avail.

“Rather than upgrading the institution, the current government, through it’s policies is gradually killing the institution.

“Can you believe that when government wanted to downsize the workforce in the state-owned higher institutions, 73 names were selected from College of Education, Ila, while 38 names were penciled down for retrenchment from Ilesha College of Education?”

“I vehemently resisted this. I told my colleagues in the House of Assembly that Ilesha College has more staffers than lla, yet has lesser number of staffers that would be retrenched.

“Whenever I tried to positively influence government policies to favour my constituents, some people in APC would say no. Two of my followers were killed through fetish means. I can’t continue with a party full of devilish officials,” he said.

Speaking on behalf of the community, Chief Ejemu of Ila, Paul Ogunrinade, demanded upgrade of Ila College of Education to university, urging the PDP flag bearer, Ademola Adeleke, to pay attention to all the challenges in the community if elected governor.

Meanwhile, the chairman, Osun Local Government Service Commission, and a chieftain of APC in the state, Elder Peter Babalola, has reportedly resigned his position.

Babalola, who was one of the aspirants that contested APC governorship ticket in which Alhaji Gboyega Oyetola eventually emerged winner, explained in a letter addressed to Governor Rauf Aregbesola that he resigned to pursue other endeavors.

-Daily Post

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