Abdulkabir Akinlade, the choice of Ogun State Governor, Ibikunle Amosun, for the 2019 governorship ticket of the All Progressives Congress on Thursday left the platform for the Allied Peoples Movement.
Akinlade was on course to be declared as APC’s governorship candidate in the state when powerful forces in the party edged him out for oil magnate, Dapo Abiodun.
Akinlade represents Egbado South and Ipokia federal constituency of Ogun State.
He will run in the election as APM’s governorship candidate.
Also on Thursday, Rabi’u Kaugama (Jigawa State), Mohammed Ajalah (Kogi State) and Salisu Koko (Kebbi State) quit APC, even as the ruling party’s woes worsened.
The defections followed perceived high-handedness exhibited by the leadership of the party.
Ajalah moved to the Peoples Democratic Party while Kaugama dumped the Peoples Democratic Party for the Social Democratic Party.
Koko quit SDP for APC.
Their defections were announced on the floor of the House of Representatives.
In Ogun State, the Majority Leader of the state house of assembly, Adeyinka Mafe, and three other members as well as aides of the governor moved to APM.
Among other state lawmakers that defected are Chief Whip, Idowu Olowofuja, Honourables Tunde Sanusi and Ganiyu Oyedeji.
In separate letter read by the Speaker, Suraj Adejunbi, 0n the floor of the assembly, they accused APC of high-handedness during the recent primaries.