Former Speaker of the Osun State House of Assembly, Adejare Bello has finally opened up on why he dumped the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) to join the All Progressives Congress (APC).

Bello said he resigned his membership because the party has drifted from the ideals of its founding fathers.

He denied any financial inducement for his defection to the APC.

Bello was alleged to have collected N300 million from the national leader of the APC, Bola Tinubu before accepting to join the APC.

But speaking when he was received into APC by Gov. Rauf Aregbesola, at the party’s mega rally in Ede on Friday, Bello denied being induced with money for his decision to quit the PDP.

He described the allegation as unfounded and a calculated attempt to tarnish his name.

Bello said his defection to APC was purely on personal conviction devoid of any financial inducement.

Bello added that his love for Ede and its people informed his decision to join the APC.

APC rally in Ede

“PDP in the state has been turned into a party for moneybags.

“The PDP we joined in 1998 is certainly not the same party that is in place today.

Narrating how he joined the APC, Bello said he was in the hospital when the former Minister of State for Defence, Musiliu Obanikoro and the party’s governorship candidate, Gboyega Oyetola met him and discussed the possibility of him joining the APC after the treatment he got from the PDP.

Bello said he told the duo he would not join any party that does not have the interest of the people of Ede in mind.

“I told them to go and tell Jagban in Lagos that I would only join the APC if the party promises to address the needs of Ede.

“I finally decided to join APC after assurances from the party leaders that Ede would not take the back seat if the party wins the governorship.

He said nobody including the Adelekes had done some much for Ede and its people than him.

He challenged anybody with a contrary view to come out and challenge his claims.

Bello appealed to the people of the state to massively vote for the APC in the forthcoming gubernatorial elections, adding that the APC candidate has better plans for the state.

In his remarks, Gov. Aregbesola commended the former Speaker for joining the party and described him as the real “Omoluabi”.

He said having worked with the Speaker in the first few months during his first term, he can attest to the Bello’s love for the people of Ede.

The governor appealed to the people of the state to vote for the party for continuity.

Aregbesola assured the people that the party would not disappoint them if voted again into power.

Bello served as Speaker of the state assembly between 2003 and 2011 on the platform of the PDP.

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