- The ruling APC has received more defectors in Lagos
- Prominent members of three different parties including the PDP defected to the APC in the state
- Receiving the defectors, the state party chairman said Lagos state was moving closer to becoming a one-party state
The Lagos chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Alhaji Tunde Balogun, on Tuesday, September 18, said the recent defection of bigwigs of other parties to the APC was a measure of the growing confidence in the party.
Balogun made the statement in Ikeja, at the official reception for an ex-Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) bigwig, Remi Adiukwu-Bakare, and her supporters into APC, Daily Independent reports.
Adiukwu-Bakare, a former commissioner of commerce and industry, had in June announced her exit from the PDP to join APC in her Oshodi-Isolo political base.
At a colourful ceremony to receive the defector and her teeming followers, Balogun said that Lagos state was transforming to a one-party state with the coming of defectors.
The party chairman said the coming of Adiukwu-Bakare, a few days after a former chairman of the party, Moshood Salvador officially joined the party, was a big plus for the party.
Balogun described the former commissioner as an accomplished politician who would add great value to the party.
“People are moving into our party because of the growing confidence in APC
“This is the party to be; this is the party that means well for the people. This is the party of development.
“Just on Saturday, a former chairman of the PDP, Moshood Salvador, officially joined us; here today, we are having another big fish in Mrs Adiukwu-Bakare.
“Tell me what remains of PDP; very soon, we will obliterate PDP from the state political map,” he said.
Balogun commended Adiukwu-Bakare for her decision to dump PDP for the APC, saying she would not regret joining ‘the party of progressives’.
The party chairman promised that the defector, along with her teeming supporters, would be accorded all the rights and privileges of existing members.
In her remarks, Adiukwu-Bakare said she was delighted to be back in the fold of APC with her supporters.
The politician said her coming to APC was motivated by the development the party had brought to the state and the positive politics of Asiwaju Bola Tinubu, national leader of the party.
“I also came to the APC because of Alhaji Balogun, the party chairman, who plays pure and progressive politics.
“I have known him for long. He is a simple and a fair person and I thought it would be great to be in APC and partner with him for progress,” she said.
Adiukwu-Bakare promised to do her best and mobilise members to improve the electoral fortunes of her new party.
The politician said the APC lost in Oshodi-Isolo, her political base, in 2015 because she worked against the ruling party.
She said her defection meant that PDP was completely dead in the area.
The politician said she was confident that APC would win the September 22 election in Osun and urged party members to continue to work for the progress of the party.
Legit.ng gathers that the national chairman of Mega Party of Nigeria, Dare Falade, and the state chairman of the Democratic People’s Party (DPP), Tajudeen Yunus, also officially joined the APC at the ceremony.
They were welcomed into the party along with their supporters and followers.
Balogun later handed over the APC flag to Adiukwu-Bakare and other defectors at the ceremony.
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Meanwhile, Legit.ng had previously reported that Governor Akinwunmi Ambode was said to be weighing his options as he battles to stay in office beyond 2019, following the withdrawal of support from his godfather and national leader of the APC, Senator Bola Tinubu.
A report by This Day indicated that despite the governor's appeals to Tinubu, the former governor of the state will not change his mind on his decision about Ambode’s second term ambition.
Although Tinubu has kept mute on Ambode’s ambition, his political foot soldiers in the Mandate Movement, the group that facilitated the governor’s ride to power in 2015, have publicly declared their support for Babajide Sanwo-Olu.
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