Damilola Adelesi, Abeokuta
The four lawmakers that won the last general election in Ogun state on the platform of African Democratic Congress (ADC) have rejected the decision of their 2019 Governorship flagbearer, Gboyega Nasir Isiaka to defect to All Progressives Congress (APC) today.
The lawmakers are Hon. Jimoh Olaifa, representing Egbado North/Imeko Afon Federal Constituency at the Federal House of Representatives on platform of African Democratic Congress (ADC), Hon. Jemili Akingbade representing Imeko Afon state constituency, Hon. Adegoke Olusesi representing Egbado North 1 state constituency, and Hon. Haruna Abiodun representing Egbado North II state constituency.
Isiaka, a three-time governorship candidate in Ogun State, Gboyega Nasir Isiaka, has patronised five different parties in the state between the last nine years to achieve his long term governorship ambition.
Gboyega Isiaka, who was short-changed of the party ticket of Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in the build-up to 2011 general election, which had Tunji Olurin clinch the PDP ticket, frustrating GNI to fly on the platform of Peoples Party of Nigeria (PPN).
Thereafter, towards the end of 2013 and 2014, Nasir Isiaka moved to Labour Party, where he maintained before later finding his way back to Buruji Kashamu’s fold of Peoples Democratic Party to run for governor in 2015. Isiaka later moved to African Democratic Congress (ADC) in the build-up to 2019 general elections, before his recent decision to move into All Progressives Congress (APC) in 2020.
The former aspirant who has contested the governorship position under the African Democratic Congress for three consecutive unsuccessful attempts said he had confidence that the present administration will take Ogun State to a higher pedestal.
Earlier in one of their meetings, Isiaka said: “We are very confident because the morning shows the night from what we have seen in five months. If we had not seen positive signs, we probably would not have graduated our relationship. I have come with the leadership of my political structure all across the State. This is to signify the fact that we are very confident and happy with the way government is going about putting the state on a greater scale,” he said.
However, the duo of Isiaka and Abiodun have continued to build a political relationship after the election to the surprise of many Ogun indigenes.
While getting reactions from Hon. Jimoh Olaifa, representing Egbado North/Imeko Afon Federal Constituency at the Federal House of Representatives on platform of African Democratic Congress (ADC), in a statement signed by his senior legislative aide, Wale Junaid says the constitution is clear on such matters.
He further revealed that the constitution states that: “68 (1) A member of the Senate or of the House of Representatives shall vacate his seat in the House of which he is a member if – (g) being a person whose election to the House was sponsored by a political party, he becomes a member of another political party before the expiration of the period for which that House was elected; Provided that his membership of the latter political party is not as a result of a division in the political party of which he was previously a member or of a merger of two or more political parties or factions by one of which he was previously sponsored.”
However, he further added that the defection does not affect the existing cordial relationship, cooperation and understanding between Governor Dapo Abiodun led APC government in Ogun State and the four elected lawmakers from ADC.
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