By Timothy Agbor, Osogbo
Former Governor Of Osun State, Alhaji Isiaka Adeleke who, last weekend, defected from the Peoples Democratic Party(PDP) to the ruling All Progressive Congress (APC) in the state has disclosed his intention of ensuring that incumbent Governor Rauf Aregbesola wins 95 per cent of votes in his country home, Ede.
Addressing a press conference held on Tuesday, 3rd June, 2014 in Ede, Adeleke claimed that the flag bearer of his former party, the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Senator Iyiola Omisore and some chieftains of the party visited his house to dissuade him from defecting to APC.
Adeleke who revealed that Omisore alongside other party members were locked outside his gate by his (Adeleke’s) supporters who were apparently protesting the inhuman act allegedly metted on him few days to the conduct of the party’s primary election in the state.
But in a swift reaction, Senator Omisore contended that Adeleke did not open the gate of his house because of his desperation to justify millions of naira he allegedly collected from Aregbesola to fight against PDP in the state.
Speaking through his Director of Publicity and Strategies, Prince Diran Odeyemi, the major challenger in the August 9 governorship poll also alleged that Adeleke had joined APC since two years ago and that there was no way he could honour the visitation of those who wanted to get across to him.
Adeleke consequently pointed out that few hours to his cross-car petting, Vice President Namadi Sambo and some ministers spoke him on phone that he should have a re-think on his decision to go to APC but “I told them it was too late then because they came at the injury time”.
According to Adeleke, “I wondered why they could be trying to reach me when they heard that I wanted to defect. If they had taken the action at the initial stage to pacify me when the trio of Omisore, Adesiyan and Solo brutalized me, I may not have found myself in any other political party now but it is too late for them because they acted wrongly at the wrong time.
“What stops them to act when I was molested by Omisore and his boys? If the Vice President, the ministers and the leadership of the party had made the calls they were making to me at the injury time, I probably wonder what could have happened but they ignored my complaints and petition letter I wrote to protest against my molestation.
“It is a pity that they came when I have finally made up my mind to leave PDP and I did so when I discovered I was no longer safe in the PDP and concerned authorities to act remain adamant to do so.
“It was unfortunate that few hours to my defection, Senator Omisore and some chieftains from PDP visited my house to apologize for their inaction. They know my worth in politics and politicking of the state and I assure them that APC will get 95 percent votes in Ede where I hail from and if they want to prove me wrong, let us wait and see”.
Speaking on the choice of the former speaker of the state, Hon. Adejare Bello who hails from the same town as Omisore’s running mate which was apparently done to give him a tough political fight during the election, the former governor said, “he (Bello) is a small boy to me in politics and I made him to become what he is today.”
He added, “My base is in Ede and Adejare Bello can never be a threat to my political victory in my base. When I was the state governor, he was still in school and there is no way he can outsmart me in politics. In fact, he is still a toddler in the field.”
On the denial of Senator Omisore and some chieftains of PDP access to his residence few hours to his defection to APC, Adeleke said “they were not allowed into my residence but chased away by my political supporters who insisted that they were bad people and should not be allowed to enter the house.”