A former senatorial chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Ogun Central, Hon. Kunle Adesina, has led hundreds of supporters of Senator Solomon Adeola into the Alliance for Democracy (AD).
The defectors, under the banner of De-Democrats, made the announcement at a news conference held at the Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ), Iwe-Iroyin, Abeokuta, on Tuesday.
They claimed that their decision was based on the alleged politics of exclusion and undemocratic practices in APC.
Adesina said: “It is important to state at this point in time that Senator Solomon Olamilekan Adeola, popularly known as Yayi, has decided to excuse himself from the governorship race in order to avoid engineering any crisis in the Ogun State APC.
“However, we members of De-Democrats are determined to continue our agitation for internal party democracy and majority rule in the politics of Ogun State. One of such undemocratic practices of the governor is the unilateral removal of seven party chairmen who were duly elected at the 2014 party congress.
“Despite all the assurances given by the national leadership of the party, nothing has been done to intervene.
“In furtherance of our engagement with the national leadership of the party, an open letter was written to the National Reconciliation Committee of the APC headed by Asiwaju Bola Tinubu.
“Having exhausted all avenues to find redress within the APC without any success, members of the APC De-Democrats have decided to take their destiny in their hands.
“Consequently, we unanimously resolved to exit the APC to a more democratic political platform which was one of the foundations of the current democratic organisation being enjoyed in the country.
“The Alliance for Democracy is a foundation player in the current Republic and has also been at the helm of affairs in Ogun State and other South West states with developmental achievements and unblemished records.”