July 25, 2024

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2023: Powerful Southwest Politicians Defect From APC To PDP

Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu’s journey to the presidency may not be a smooth one as the All Progressives Congress (APC) is losing some of its strong pillars in southwest Nigeria. In Oyo, a state formally owned by the ruling party, two former bigwigs have defected to the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP). The politicians are Joseph Tegbe, a one-time gubernatorial aspirant in the state chapter of the APC, and an ex-commissioner for water resources, Sumbo Owolabi. Owolabi served in the capacity during the administration of former Governor Abiola Ajimobi. Owolabi, also a former chairman of Ona-Ara local council, recently met with Governor Seyi Makinde to conclude his defection to the PDP. Meanwhile, Governor Kayode Fayemi had informed President Muhammadu Buhari of his intention to run for president in 2023.

A source said: “He (Fayemi) came here two weeks ago to inform the president that he would be running.” Speaking further, the unnamed source said President Buhari received Governor Fayemi well and encouraged him to go ahead with his ambition. He said: “The president received him well and encouraged him to go ahead, saying having worked closely with him in the past few years, he is confident he would make a good successor.”