By Akinwande Soji-Ojo
A former deputy governor of Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) and governorship hopeful in Oyo State, Chief Adebayo Adelabu, has dumped the All Progressives Congress (APC).
Adelabu made the announcement on Sunday after a meeting with some APC chieftains.
Adelabu was one of the aspirants who contested the APC governorship primary election last Friday.
The former CBN deputy governor, who did not disclose the party he would join ahead of the 2023 election, said that APC has been hijacked in the state.
At the meeting where the decision to dump APC was taken were Senator Ayo Adeseun; former Oyo South senatorial aspirant, Dr. Olusola Ayandele; former APC deputy chairman, Alhaji Isiaka Alimi; Chief Goke Oyetunji; Chief Kunle Sanda; former chairman, Atisbo Local Government, Mr. Jacob Ogunmola; former ALGON chairman, Prince Ayodeji Abass-Aleshinloye; and Alhaji Wasiu Ajimobi, a younger brother to immediate past governor of the state, late Sen. Abiola Ajimobi.
Adelabu said that he is consulting with his followers across the 33 local government areas of the state to know the best political party to realise his ambition in 2023.
He said that he will announce his next political party in the next 48 hours after a meeting with leaders of his group.
“Since my followers have asked me to leave APC, we have left the APC.
“We will sit down with our leaders to decide on the political party to join. We will come back to APC after winning the gubernatorial election, because we are progressives.
“It worked during the time of late Abiola Ajimobi, he left AC and went to ANPP and later came back to ACN.
“Just give us 48 hours to get back to you to announce the next political party to join,” Adelabu said.