By G9ija

Some leaders of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Imeko-Afon Local Government, have denied knowledge of Prince Gboyega Nasir Isiaka’s defection to the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Ogun State.

Isiaka who was the governorship candidate of the African Democratic Congress (ADC) alongside other leaders of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) like former Deputy Governor, Salmot Badru, were received into the APC at an event held at Ake Palace Square in Abeokuta on Tuesday.

At the event, Gov Abiodun described Isiaka as coming into the ruling party through the right channel.

Abiodun said Isiaka did not come through the backdoor like some decampees; apparently making a veiled reference to Hon. Adekunle Akinlade and his supporters, who just returned to the APC from the Allied People’s Movement.

But arising from a meeting at Isiaka’s Imeko-Afon Local Government yesterday, the APC leaders, who prided themselves as the authentic party faithful in the area, said they were not aware of the three-time governorship candidate’s defection to the APC; saying he did not follow the right channel.

In a statement made available to reporters on Wednesday, the APC leaders, said Isiaka, fondly addressed as GNI, did not inform party leaders at ward and local government levels that he was joining the progressives.

The statement was jointly signed by Dr Dele Ogunsiji, a former Commissioner and House of Representatives member; Alhaji Gausu Bello, Imeko-Afon LG APC Party Chairman; the immediate past Executive Chairman of Imeko-Afon LG, Prince Tosin Adeluyi; immediate past Vice-Chairman of Imeko-Afon LG, Alhaja Taiwo Olusoji and Hon. Dopemu Felix.

“We the authentic APC leaders in Imeko-Afon Local Government, where Isiaka comes from, unanimously deny knowledge of the news of his defection to the APC as he did not follow the right channel.

“The APC Chairman from his ward is not aware of the movement; the leaders and elders of the local government were also not in the know.”

“GNI is our brother, but he is not ready to join the APC because we are not aware of him decamping to our party.

“As far as we are concerned, GNI remains a member of the ADC because we are not aware of any arrangements to bring him into the APC,” they said in the statement.

Recall that the Ogun APC Spokesman, Tunde Oladunjoye, recently said anybody joining the party must register at his ward and local government before moving to the state level.