Laide Raheem, Abeokuta
The Ogun State governorship candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in 2015 general election, Gboyega Nasiru Isiaka, on Friday defected to the African Democratic Congress (ADC).
Isiaka had, last week, written a letter to the leadership of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in the state, to announce his resignation from the party.
Announcing his defection at a press conference held at the Olusegun Obasanjo Presidential Library (OOPL) Abeokuta, he explained that his desire for a credible and crisis free platform that share his personal beliefs and principles to run for governorship in 2019, made him to dump the PDP for ADC.
Isiaka, who also contested for governorship under Peoples Party of Nigeria (PPN) in 2011, however, expressed optimism that he would win the 2019 gubernatorial election.
His words: “I cannot afford to betray my supporters, the people of Ogun State and my generation; hence my new platform. I have received inspiration of God and having extensively consulted my political associates, friends, supporters, important stakeholders, well-wishers, voices on the streets and my immediate family, I formally announce and declare my membership of the African Democratic Congress effective today 1st June, 2018.
“The ADC is the third force that is morally conscripted to offer Nigerians an escape route from the failed promises of the status quo and the party that connects across Nigeria today, most movements and people who believe that we must depart from the worn out system of mediocrity, cronyism and corruption; which the APC and PDP represent.
“We have elected to align with a platform that is devoid of the entrenched retrogressive politics and which believes in the dignity of citizens and human capital development – as the fundamental focus of its governmental imperatives.”