The former Governorship Candidate of the Allied Peoples Movement (APM) in Ogun State, Adekunle Akinlade, and his supporters have returned to the All Progressives Congress (APC) after losing all the legal battles against the seating governor, Prince Dapo Abiodun.
Their return seems to have ignited fresh crisis within the ruling party in the state.
The party, according to informed sources, gave them a stringent condition, returning as new members, a move that was not accepted by Akinlade and his returnees.
Akinlade, the hand-picked successor of ex-governor, Ibikunle Amosun, had dumped APC for APM on the order of Amosun to contest against Abiodun who was the chosen governorship candidate of APC during the 2019 general election.
Recall, shortly before the election, Amosun was accused of sponsoring and positioning some youths , at the MKO Abiola Stadium, Abeokuta. These youths who were said have been primed, went wild and hurled objects at Dapo Abiodun and APC National leaders, including President Muhammadu Buhari, who was also present at the rally.
While many viewed their return with suspicion, suggesting that Akinlade and his loyalists were in to cause damage and crisis before the 2023 general elections, Akinlade was quoted to have said that he returned home as a democrat, having learned useful lessons.