By Olusegun Emmanuel, Abuja.
The Senator representing Oyo South in the senate, Senator Olufemi Lanlehin, on Thursday announced his defection from the All Progressive Party(APC) to the Accord Party, saying it is in exercise of his constitutional right.
Lanlehin is being speculated to have been tipped as running mate to the governorship candidate in the last election in Oyo state, Senator Rasheed Ladoja, who is believed to be warming up for the guber contest in 2015.
The defection of the erstwhile political associate of Sen. Bola Tinubu, the APC national leader is to enable him realize his political aspiration as running mate to Ladoja.
Lanlehin in a letter sent to Senate President, Senator David Mark said: “I contested and got elected into the senate of the Federal Republic of Nigeria in April 2011 under the Action Congress of Nigeria. The said political party sometimes merged with other registered political parties and now registered and known as the All Progressive Congress(APC).
“In exercise of my constitutional right to freedom of association under the 1999 constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria(as amended) and pursuant to the proviso contained in section 68(g) of the said Constitution, I decided to transfer my membership of the defunct Action Congress of Nigeria to the Accord Party, with all the rights and duties accruing thereto,” he stated.