Why Seyi Makinde's Deputy Governor Defected to APC

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The deputy governor of Oyo state, Rauf Olaniyan, has switched to the All Progressives Congress (APC).

The deputy governor's departure puts an end to weeks of uncertainty over his membership in the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).

Olaniyan told journalists on Sunday that his decision to cross-carpet was influenced by appeals from his followers who were upset with his absence from the PDP's and state's activities.

Engr Seyi Makinde
Engr Seyi Makinde

The deputy governor stated that his decision will have no bearing on his relationship with Oyo Governor Seyi Makinde.

For more than a year, there has been a schism between the governor and his deputy, with the deputy's camp accusing Makinde of breaking an agreement reached before the last election that brought them in.

They further claimed that Makinde did not include Olaniyan in state matters.

Before the African Democratic Congress formed an agreement with the Peoples Democratic Party ahead of the 2019 election, Olaniyan was a governorship candidate.

By virtue of the pact, Olaniyan promised to give up his governorship ambitions and serve as Makinde's running mate.

There had been rumours that the deputy governor would leave the PDP in recent weeks, but he recently denied the rumours, claiming that he will stay in the party.

Makinde recently replaced Olaniyan as his deputy for the state's 2023 governorship election with Bayo Lawal.

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