- APC has lost one of its top members in Lagos to defection
- Abdulhakeem Abdullateef popularly known as Iyepe announced he has dumped the ruling party
- The former commissioner and lawmaker said he is eyeing the governor's seat in 2023
Abdulhakeem Abdullateef, a former Lagos State commissioner for home affairs, has parted ways with the All Progressives Congress (APC).
Popularly known as Iyepe, the former commissioner dumped the ruling party because of his governorship ambition in 2023, a speech on his Facebook page indicates.
Legit.ng understands that prior to his defection, Abdullateef had publicly declared that he would throw hat into the rings in the 2023 general elections.
Coming on the slogan of Iyepe 2023, the former commissioner and APC chieftain said it is high time Awori indigene governed Lagos for the first time.
He also stated that he has the vast leadership experience and exposure which his ambition may require, adding that the people of Lagos are ready to support the son of the soil.
“I believe I will have the support of the people when the time comes. Right now, it is not about the campaign. This is a movement, when we get to that we shall cross the bridge."
A seasoned politician with experience in Lagos governance, Abdullattef is also a former member of the Lagos State House of Assembly.
He has also served as the Amir-ul-Hajj of Lagos and special adviser on politics during the regime of the state's former governor who is now the minister of works and housing, Babatunde Raji Fashola.
In a related development, Legit.ng reported that former governor of Delta State, Emmanuel Uduaghan, finally lifted the lids on why he dumped APC for the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).
Speaking after formally receiving his PDP membership card at his unit in Ward 6 of Abigborodo in Warri North local government area, Uduaghan said he left the ruling party in order to bring fresh political touch to the opposition side.
Uduaghan made a sensational return to PDP barely two years after he joined the ruling party after falling out with his successor Governor Ifeanyi Okowa.
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