Oke’s Defection Tears AD Apart

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PostAdabiafra on Tue Oct 11, 2016 10:17 am

THE defection of Chief  Olusola Oke from the APC  to the Alliance for Democracy, AD, is stoking crisis in his new party.

While members of the state executive of the AD insist that Oke has fulfiled all conditions to qualify him as the party candidate, the Youth wing of the party  has disowned him.

The youths under the aegis of the  Alliance for Democracy, AD, Youth Vanguard, OADYV insisted that Akin Olowookere remained the party’s candidate for the election.

Olowookere was elected over a month ago as the party’s candidate and was in that position until Oke defected and Olowookere stepped down for him.

The youths in a statement signed by Arowosafe Oladeji, Adenike Oluwadarasimi, and Ojo Oluseyi Taki insisted that Dr Olowookere remained the party’s candidate. They said in a statement issued yesterday that they were not involved in the process that led to his replacement with Oke.

The statement read: “It filtered to our hearing lately that our lawful mandate freely given to Dr. Akin Olowokere has been turned to a commodity and purportedly traded off to Chief Olusola Oke.

Considering the effect of this ignoble action on our party which is gradually picking its pieces together in our Sunshine state, we will, to the best of our ability and capacity, all known legal means thwart this unfortunate development brought about by the alleged buyer and seller."

But addressing newsmen in Akure, the Chairman and Secretary, Messrs Seriki Adebobola and Sola Agboola respectively said that Oke has been chosen as a replacement of the former flag bearer of the party.

The party executive dissociated itself from the protest of the youths saying the Youth Group was alien to the party. Adebobola said: “what I want to tell you is that in AD, we have structure. Before anything can emanate from the party, it must pass through a due process.

The youth leader of AD do not know anything about Olowookere Youth Vanguard. If at all they exist, they are alien to our party. Although Olowookere may have his own Youth Vanguard, but they are not AD Youth Vanguard. AD has finalized the adoption of Chief Olusola Oke as the candidate of the party for the November 26 governorship election in the state. Oke is the authentic candidate of AD."

“We AD are members of the same family and we don’t want to promote any wrangling in the party.”


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