The fold of the Osun State chapter of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) was on Tuesday, 26th August, 2014, depleted further as its Legal Adviser, Prince John Abolarinwa Abidoye, crossed over to the All Progressives Congress (APC).
Abidoye, as at the time of his defection on Tuesday, 26th August, 2014, was the Secretary of PDP’s Legal Committee, the committee saddled with the responsibilities of compiling the party’s petition on the August 9 governorship election.
Abidoye hinged his crossover to the APC on the outstanding performance of Governor Rauf Aregbesola, who is striving diligently to reposition Osun so as for it to be ranked among the comity of states in the nation.
He said that the result of August 9 governorship election in the state was a true reflection of the peoples wishes and aspiration.
According to the new entrant, the people spoke with one voice across the state saying they wanted continuity under Aregbesola.
He stated that Aregbesola’s government is government of the people, saying there is nothing to be feared about petition as PDP has been boasting it would reclaim victory through the tribunal.
“The people of Osun truly voted for Aregbesola. Across the states, they spoke loud and clear. They have demonstrated that they wanted continuity; they wanted development.
“All fears people had before the election has now evaporated. There is even no fear about the election tibunal.
“The tribunal relies on facts and figures and no one can manufacture facts and figures. We were there during the election. I was a party agent in Boripe. Other parties were even afraid that I would not sign the INEC papers.
But I signed the result sheet and so it was in all the 30 local government areas of the state.
“But even at that, the electoral law has changed. Now, the failure of any party agent to sign the result sheet does not invalidate the result of the election,” Abidoye said.
He added that his coming over to the APC should be seen as added strength to the party in the state.
Earlier in his remark, the APC Secretary in the state, Prince Gboyega Famoodun, described Barrister Abidoye as a politician of a proven integrity.
Famoodun said the coming over of the former PDP Legal Adviser is a right decision as his presence in the progressive will help his political and legal career.
He said: “Prince Abidoye is one of those who believe in development of the state. He believes in the charismatic leadership of Governor Rauf Aregbesola.
“He believes in the truth. He is a politician of proven record. He is coming over to the right party. He is coming to the Progressive camp; coming to the light from the darkness.
“He is convinced on the good work Aregbesola is doing. His coming over is a testimony to this effect.”
The Chief of Staff, Government of Osun, Alhaji Gboyega Oyetola, called other truth-loving, development-inclined and lover of the state, who are currently idling in PDP to come over to the APC, a party that is genuinely interested in the development of the state.