Barring any last minute change, the candidate of the Alliance for Democracy (AD) in the November 26, 2016 governorship election in Ondo state, Mr. Olusola Oke (SAN) will officially dump the party for the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) on Thursday.
SUNSHINE HERALD gathered that Mr. Oke is expected to lead his supporters across the 18 local government areas of the state back to the APC in an event which will be held at the MKO Abiola Democracy Park, Akure.
According to a source close to the legal practitioner who spoke to this newspaper Monday night, the decision by his principal to return back to APC is based on the reconciliation processes going on in the party.
The source further hinted SUNSHINE HERALD that Mr. Oke had been promised a federal appointment if returned back to the party.
"Yes, Olusola One will dump AD back to APC on Thursday, he will declare officially," he said.
It will be recalled that Mr. Oke, who polled 576 votes after the September 3, 2016 gubernatorial primaries of the APC on October 1, 2016, dumped the party for the AD because of the action of its National Chairman, Chief John Odigie-Oyegun.
Oyegun had overruled the decision of the National Working Committee (NWC) that called for fresh primary following irregularities detected by the Appeal Committee that probed the post-primary crisis.
Addressing crowd of supporters at his Ijapo estate residence, Oke said since the leadership of the party had failed to do justice to the irregularities, he decided to dump APC to realise his aspiration under the AD.
According to him, it was illogical and wrong for Oyegun to jettison the verdict of the majority members of the NWC when it was cleared the shadow election was allegedly manipulated in favour of Mr. Rotimi Akeredolu (SAN).
When contacted by SUNSHINE HERALD on Tuesday morning, state chairman of AD, Elder Adebobola Seriki, said Mr. Oke remains a member of the party.
"I don't understand what you saying, Olusola Oke remains a member of AD, I'm not yet aware he is dumping us and am sure he isn't planning to," he said.