By Segun Ayinde, Abeokuta
Ahead the 2023 general election, a two-time governorship candidate in Ogun state, Prince Rotimi Paseda, has begun moves to join forces with the immediate past governor of the state, Senator Ibikunle Amosun, by merging all structures of the Unity Party of Nigeria across the 36 states into the ruling party.
Paseda, the arrowhead of the resuscitation of the UPN in the current political dispensation was the UPN governorship candidate in 2015 in Ogun State. But he left the party for the Social Democratic Party before the 2019 governorship election and later contested for the governorship position on the platform.
However, he recently defected to the ruling party when he formalised his membership of the APC, and picked up its registration form.
He was formally welcomed and registered by the APC Ward Chairman at Ward 14, St. Paul Polling Unit 3, Itale, Omu-Ijebu, Odogbolu local government area of Ogun state, Idowu Osunkoya.
Paseda’s media aide, Adekunle Adejumo, in a statement in Abeokuta, confirmed the defection, saying that the two-time governorship candidate in state decided to collapse UPN political structures nationwide into the APC after he met Amosun and agreed to work with the former governor before of the 2023 polls.
Adejumo disclosed that Paseda, through the UPN national secretary, Abubakar Abdullahi Sokoto, had already directed all UPN members and political structures in all the 36 states and the FCT to immediately commence the process of collapsing into the APC for the purpose of giving the ruling party all-inclusive support and ensure all hands are on deck ahead of the 2023 general elections.
Adejumo further stated that Paseda’s political group had begun to align with the political structure of Amosun, who is the current senator representing Ogun Central Senatorial District, both at the state and national levels in order to become actively involved in the scheme of things in the APC in the state.
“Paseda has built a massive UPN structure nationwide prior to 2015 general elections and has loyal party members in the 36 states, which were also used to hijack the SDP governorship ticket in 2019 to contest for governorship in the state and now working with Ibikunle Amosun’s caucus in APC,” the statement said.
UPN was originally founded in 1979 by the late sage and former premier of Western Region, Chief Obafemi Awolowo.