It’s a season of defections and nothing seems to surprise Nigerians again as we get closer to the 2019 general elections. 

What interests more people now is how these political realignments will affect the outcomes of the local, state and national polls.

Leader of the Nigeria Advance Party (NAP), Barrister Olumide Braithwaite is the latest politician to defect from the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) to the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Lagos State.

Olumide, who is also the son of late elder statesman Dr. Tunji Braithwaite was welcomed with fanfare into the APC at the Agege Stadium.

Thousands of PDP members in the state who defected alongside the former PDP chairman of Lagos state, Moshood Salvador were present to celebrate the big catch.

Olumide Braithwaite, who was a leader in the PDP until recently, stood for primaries for the Lagos Central Senatorial District in 2015 and was also a member of the 40-man Caretaker Committee of the party.

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He attributed the leadership problems that have plagued the PDP in recent times in Lagos as one of the motivating factors that informed his decision to defect alongside Salvador.

Braithwaite said that he had consulted members of his constituency because he was not one to take such decisions lightly as a matter of principle.

"In fact, many of our supporters believed that this decamping ought to have come some years earlier describing it as coming back home bearing in mind that I have always been a progressive.

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"This is a trait I took from my late father, Dr Tunji Braithwaite who was known for his principles and integrity as well as being revolutionary, a legacy I feel honoured to emulate and represent," Braithwaite said.

He commended the anti-corruption campaign of President Muhammadu Buhari as work in progress which required the support of all Nigerians both home and abroad.

He expressed confidence that the APC would be the right party to assuage the grievances of the electorate in the 2019 general elections.

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