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Two Former PDP Governors Who Used To Be APC Leaders

Nigerian politicians can be likened to pendulums. They swing and change political parties at will. They may be in a political party today only to wake up tomorrow morning and announce their defections. That is the same case with two former governors of the People's Democratic Party (PDP). 

Mr. Segun Oni is the first notable former governor of the PDP to leave the party and later returned. He left the party shortly after the formation of the All Progresives Congress (APC) in 2014. 

Initially, he was sworn in as Ekiti State governor on 29 May, 2007 only to be sacked by the Court of Appeal on 15 October, 2010. He couldn't complete his first term let alone to have another one. 

His election was challenged at the court by the candidate of Action Congress (AC), Mr. Kayode Fayemi up to the Court of Appeal, which eventually upturned Segun Oni's victory. 

Four years later, Mr. Segun Oni left the PDP for the APC and at a point in time of the his stay in the party, he became the leader of the APC in southwest zone. 

But only 10 months ago, precisely in May, 2020 Segun Oni returned to the PDP and he said he didn't return because of political ambition. He was welcomed by the only PDP senator from Ekiti State, Mrs. Abiodun Olujinmi. So, Segun Oni is a former PDP governor, decamped to the APC and returned to the PDP within five years. 

The second one is Prince Olagunsoye Oyinlola from Osun State. He ruled Osun State from 29 May, 2003 to 26 November, 2010. He was also sacked by the Court of Appeal led by Justice Binta Ogunbiyi. 

The learned judge declared Mr. Rauf Aregbesola as the duly elected governor of the state and he was sworn in. Aregbesola went on to spend the maximum eight years in power.

Oyinlola used the PDP to become the state governor and dumped the party later. He was sacked in 2010 and shortly before the 2014 election in Osun State, Oyinlola dumped the PDP and joined the new APC. 

On 18 March, 2020 almost a year ago, Olagunsoye Oyinlola defected from the APC to the PDP again. He didn't give specific reasons for his departure from the APC. 

Nevertheless, since his return to the PDP, he has been up and down working for the interest of the PDP. He has offered to settle the misunderstanding between Seyi Makinde and former governor Ayodele Fayose. 

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