Lagos PDP Loses Members To APC
The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Lagos has lost no fewer than 1500 members to the ruling All Progressives Congress(APC) in the Oshodi-Isolo Local Government Area.
The defectors were led by a former House of Assembly aspirant under the PDP, Fola Mosaku and four councillorship candidates of the party in the July 22 council polls in the state.
The four councillorship candidates are Ayodeji Ogungbayibi from Mafoluku ward; Yusuf Babatunde from Ewu ward, Prince Omenu from Sogunle ward and Olalere Biola alias Chacha from Afariogun ward.
They were received by Olusola Sokunle, representing Oshodi-Isolo constituency I at the Lagos State House of Assembly and the APC Chairman in the LGA, Olamide Kasali on Friday at the party's LGA meeting in Oshodi.
Sokunle, who was elected into the Assembly on the platform of PDP, had in February, alongside six other lawmakers, defected to the ruling party on the floor of the House.
The lawmaker had cited the performance of Gov. Akinwunmi Ambode and the leadership style of the Speaker of the Assembly, Mudashiru Obasa, as reasons for his defection.
Sokunle, receiving them, said: “APC is a party to belong to, where our political aspirations can be achieved. So, endeavour to frequently attend political meetings in your wards.
"Let us thank Governor Ambode for giving Oshodi a facelift. More projects are still on the way.
"The door is still open for other interested PDP members to join us.”
He said that the APC-led government had performed beyond expectations, with various development projects executed in different parts of the state.
Also welcoming the defectors, Kasali gave an assurance that APC would ensure their interests are protected.
The party chairman said that the party would soon begin its membership registration in the wards.
He urged all new and old members to go to their various wards for registration immediately the exercise commences.
Speaking on behalf of the defectors, Mosaku said: “We dumped the PDP for APC because of the performance of our Honourable Sokunle.
“We are also motivated by the performance of APC government in Lagos; we will not make any u-turn back to the PDP.
“Four councillorship candidates in the last local government election and I are leading other members of PDP to APC .
“We are joining APC permanently,” he added.
Ogungbayibi on his part said he decided to dump the PDP because it was not functioning in the state again.