#BounceExclusive: Tinubu Stops PDP Reps From Joining APC
The decision of the national leader of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Bola Tinubu to pick some of his political sons for elective offices in the 2019 generation election has prevented some People Democratic Party (PDP) federal lawmakers from joining the APC.
Some House of Representatives members from Lagos State elected under the PDP had planned to join the APC and seek for re-election under the party's platform in 2019.
But when they discovered that Tinubu had already penciled down some people for these offices in 2019, the lawmakers retraced their steps.
PDP currently has six House of Reps members from Lagos in the National Assembly.
For example, the two Reps members representing Oshodi/Isolo Federal Constituency 1 and 2, Mutiu Shadimu and Tony Nwosu, had concluded plans to join the two state House of Assembly lawmakers from the constituency in APC.
The two state lawmakers, Akeem Sokunle and Idimogun Jude Emeka were members of the PDP before decamping to the APC.
The duo and four other PDP state lawmakers defected to the APC in February 2017.
Bounce News gathered from multiple APC sources that Tinubu had already anointed Muyiwa Olabitan for Constituency 1 and Kehinde Bamigbetan, his political son, for Constituency 2.
Olabitan is the son of Tinubu’s close ally in Oshodi, Baba Olabitan. Muyiwa contested for the same position in 2015 but lost to Shadimu.
While Bamigbetan, the current Special Adviser on Communities & Communications to Gov Akinwunmi Ambode, was Tinubu’s Chief Press Secretary when he was governor of the state.
Before his appointment as a Special Adviser, he was the Chairman of Ejigbo Local Council Development Area for two terms. He was prevailed upon in 2015 to drop his ambition for Akeem Munir, who lost to Nwosu. Munir was seeking reelection to the House but was defeated by Nwosu.
Tinubu was said to have told party leaders in Oshodi that Olabitan has served the party meritoriously for years and must be compensated for his avowed loyalty to the party since its days when it was Alliance for Democracy (AD).
Although, other aspirants for the positions are putting up a fight, it is certain that Olabitan and Bamigbetan would eventually emerge as the APC’s candidates for the House of Reps election.
As at the last count, 6 people have signified their intention to vie for the Constituency 1 seat while 5 are in the race for Constituency 2.
An aide to Shadimu told our correspondent that his boss would rather remain in the PDP where the second term ticket is sure than join APC, where somebody has already been anointed as the preferred choice
Bounce News further gathered that Tinubu is under intense pressure to anoint the son of the party’s Chairman in the state, Henry Ajomale for the State House of Assembly in Constituency 2.
Yinka Ajomale contested for the position in 2015 but lost to Emeka.
Tinubu, it was learnt, is being careful not to hurt the feelings of Igbo speaking people in Ajao Estate, Isolo and Ejigbo as the three areas are heavily populated by the Igbos.
Recall that the APC lost in 2015 in areas heavily populated by the Igbos in Lagos State.