A House of Representatives member, Adekunle Akinlade, who is the preferred governorship candidate of Governor Ibikunle Amosun in Ogun State, on Thursday formally dumped the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC).

Akinlade, who lost the APC gubernatorial ticket to Prince Dapo Abiodun, announced his defection to the Allied People’s Movement (APM) on the floor of the House.

He is billed to contest the 2019 governorship election on the platform of his new party.

In the same vein, the Majority Leader of Ogun State House of Assembly, Yinka Mafe, and the Chief Whip, Idowu Olowofuja, as well as two state legislators defected from the APC to APM.

The other two lawmakers are Tunde Sanusi, representing Obafemi-Owode state constituency, and Ganiyu Oyedeji, representing Ifo II state constituency.

The defection confirmed the exclusive report by New Telegraph on Tuesday that loyalists of Governor Ibikunle Amosun in the Ogun APC will defect this week.

The governor is expected to stay back “tactically” in the APC to work for the reelection of President Muhammadu Buhari.

The exit of Amosun’s loyalists was as a result of the alleged refusal of the National Working Committee (NWC) of APC to uphold the candidacy of Akinlade for 2019 governorship election.

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