It was jubilation galore in Akinboade, a remote town in Ward 06 of Akorede Local Council Development Authority in Oluyole Federal Constituency of Oyo State on Friday as the camp of the ruling All Progressives Congress, APC was swelled with the defection of the most influential female merchant and politician in the ward Alhaja Muinat Lateef to APC.
She moved from the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) to APC with scores of her followers turning the area to an almost one party ward.
Alhaja Muinat Lateef who had resisted persistent pressure from the leaders of All Progressives Congress including her husband, popularly called Bintin, to quit the Peoples Democratic Party for APC for the past seven years, joyfully joined APC at the instance of Alhaji Kehinde Olaosebikan who was in the ward to meet the APC leadership.
The arrival of Alhaji Olaosebikan at the rural community had attracted a large crowd of politicians and other residents of the area who were all rejoicing in hearing that Olaosebikan was contesting for the House of Representatives.
It was while Alhaji Olaosebikan was showing love to the people in his characteristic manner that the influential merchant told the crowd that with Olaosebikan, she and her followers “have become members of the All Progressives Congress with immediate effect”. This led to a wild jubilation which instantly spread across Akinboade town and the entire ward.
Receiving Alhaja Lateef to the party, the Leader of the All Progressives Congress in the area who is also the Councilor for the ward, Honorable Samuel Oyewale Idowu disclosed that he and other leaders of the party in the ward had made several entreaties to the influential woman in the past seven years to join APC but all to no avail.
Expressing happiness, Honourable Idowu told the excited party leaders that the defection of Alhaja Lateef to APC was a significant achievement for APC and the entire ward, stressing that with Alhaja and her people in APC, the area is now totally in the hands of the progressives, a development, he explained would engender greater peace, unity and progress in Ward 06 and Akorede LCDA generally.
The Councilor thanked Alhaji Olaosebikan for making the over 7 year old dream of the entire leadership and members of APC in the ward come to reality in less than an hour visit to the ward.
Honorable Idowu stated that Alhaji Olaosebikan is well loved not only in Oluyole Local Government but in Oyo State generally for his good-natured, selflessness, compassion, humility, tolerance, resourcefulness and readiness to serve at all times.
He added that: “with Olaosebikan as the candidate of the All Progressives Congress for the House of Representatives election, it is surely going to be a landslide victory for our party”.
The political atmosphere in the ten wards of Oluyole Federal Constituency has changed with the entry of Alhaji Kehinde Olaosebikan, a former two times chairman Oluyole local government with unmatched accomplishments, into the House of Representatives race, as many members of other parties in the area have expressed their willingness to join APC as soon as Olaosebikan gets the ticket.