By GBENGA OLARINOYE
OSOGBO – Ahead of the 2014 governorship election in Osun State, the camp of the main opposition party in the state the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, was yesterday further depleted with the mass defection of about 8,000 members of the party to the ruling Action Congress of Nigeria, ACN.
The defectors were from all the 30 Local Government Areas of the state including Ife East Area office, Modakeke-Ife.
At the rally held at the Government Technical College, Osogbo thousands of PDP supporters led by Chief Adekunle Oluawo, a former Chairman of the State Water Corporation under the administration of former Governor Olagunsoye Oyinlola, said the administration of Governor Rauf Aregbesola motivated them to move en masse into ACN.
Governor Aregbesola who received the defectors to the party, said his administration has within the last two years transformed the state with his Six-Point Integral Action Plans, which according to him are aimed at abolishing poverty in the state.
He saluted the courage of the former PDP members and assured them of equal treatment in the party, stressing that there would not be preferential treatment for the new comers, as the ACN and the present administration in the state are prepared to carry everybody along in their transformational agenda.
Acting Chairman of the party, Mr. Adelowo Adebiyi said it was time for members of the opposition parties in the state to put sentiments apart and rally round the progressive government of Aregbesola in the interest of the state.
Leader of the decampees, Chief Oluawo said he and other members of the PDP who decamped to the ACN left the party on principle, adding that the PDP lacks discipline, transparency and accountability, which he said contributed to the ruin of the party.