👤 By Adenike Lucas, DENISAURUS News
The All Progressives Congress, APC is bleeding – the number of lawmakers that has defected from the party is higher than those rushing to join.
Among those leaving today is Adedapo Lam-Adesina, a popular young lawmaker who has represented Ibadan North East/South Federal constituency since 2015.
Mr Lam-Adesina, 40, whose father was a political titan in Oyo, decided to leave the ruling party after an acrimonious fall out with Abiola Ajimobi, the current Governor of the South West state.
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In a petition the 40-year-old lawmaker sent to Bola Ahmed Tinubu, a ruling chieftain of the APC, Mr Lam-Adesina gave a detail description of how he has suffered in the hands of Governor Ajimobi.
He said: “After screening and swearing in I was deployed to the Ministry of Youths and Sports where I tried my best to reposition the Ministry. To the glory of God, the Governor attested to how excellently I performed on different occasions. (Videos are available to back this fact up).
“However, I don’t know how the profile of a Commissioner can dwarf that of his boss, as I know that any achievement of any appointee of a State Governor will be credited to the Governor, but reverse was the case with Senator Ajimobi.
“Surprisingly, my travail in the hands of Governor Ajimobi became full-blown during an Executive Council Meeting, which I attended, when he opposed that the newly-created Youth Empowerment Scheme of Oyo State (YES-O) could not be under the Ministry of Youths and Sports, as it would make me too powerful. Ordinarily, the YES-O should have been under my supervision as Commissioner. But I took the position, though an indication of my Principal’s indignation towards me, and continued to do my job conscientiously.”
Mr Lam-Adesina, a former Commissioner for Youth and Sports who has now joined the African Democratic Congress, explained that “the most shockingly saddening experience in my relationship with the Governor came in October 2012, at the height of my father’s sickness.
“I had approached the Governor on a Thursday to seek his permission to travel to Lagos to check up on my ailing father. He told me that I did not need to seek permission to visit Baba Lam and that I should go ahead and extend his regards to him. With this encounter, I proceeded to visit Baba, only to return to work on Monday to meet a query from the Governor demanding explanation from me on why I absented myself from work on Friday.
“I responded to that query date 12th of October 2012 stating how I had sought and got the Governor’s permission before embarking on the trip. I have attached a copy of the query and the response to this letter.
“That experience, apart from being unnerving and unsettling in that I could be vilified for trying to care for my father, was, however, not the last in the series of disappointments I suffered in the hands of the Governor.”
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Three other lawmakers Segun Williams (Ogun), Lawali Hassan and Dada Awoleye (Oyo) who announced their defection at plenary today, have also complained about various issues within the party.
Their decision to leave a few months before the general election has confirmed that there is a huge battle going on in the ruling party.
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Like the PDP of old, DENISAURUS News understands that the battle facing the APC could affect its chances in 2019.