By Emmanuel Adesuji, Abuja.
The three senators from Ogun state on Wednesday presented their letters of defection from the All Progressives Congress to the Social Democratic Party, to the Senate President, David Mark.
The senators Messrs Adegbenga Kaka ( Ogun East ), Akin Odunsi (Ogun West), and Gbenga Obadara, in their separate letters, attributed their action to the fractionalisation of the APC in the state, which had led to the formation of two parallel executives.
Addressing journalists on behalf of his colleagues in Abuja on Wednesday, Kaka, who is the Chairman of the Ogun State lawmakers in the National Assembly, explained that seven out of the nine House of Representatives members from the state have also submitted their letters of defection.
Kaka said, “This is to formally inform you and the general public that we, the three Senators representing Ogun State, have just delivered our letters to the leadership of the Senate, notifying him of our resignation from APC and declaring for the SDP.
“This was consequent upon the fractionalisation in the party (APC in Ogun State) leading to the emergence of parallel executives from wards, local government areas to state levels.
“All our protests, appeals and demands for justice from the national leadership yielded no result. Rather, the faction that flagrantly flouted the party guidelines was given recognition by the National Executive.
“We subsequently did not partake in the national convention, as we rightly believe in the legal aphorism that, ‘you cannot build something on noting and expect it to stand.’
“We are therefore left with no option than to withdraw their membership of the APC after due consultations with their constituents.”
He said that from the registration of the APC, the situation in Ogun State was greeted with series of crises and since they saw that the marriage cannot work, their constituents demanded that they should pull out of the arrangement.
“Enough is enough, there is no force marriage anywhere. Since it could not work, we have resolved to part ways with them and we believe that where there is no justice, there is no peace and unity” he added.
The senators also threw their weight behind the action of the Deputy Governor of the state, Prince Segun Adesegun, who also dumped the APC for SDP, but refused to vacate his seat.