About 5,000 members of the Lagos4Lagos Movement on Thursday, dumped the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and returned to the All Progressives Congress (APC).
The development is a huge blow to the chances of the PDP governorship flagbearer in Lagos State, Olajide Adediran (Jandor) in his quest to unseat Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu in the 2023 elections. In November 2021, a former President of the Nigerian Senate, Abubakar Bukola Saraki welcomed a faction of the All Progressives Congress (APC) known as the Lagos4Lagos movement to the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP). Olajide Adediran, popularly known as Jandor, led members of the Lagos4Lagos movement from the 20 local governments of the state to the PDP. Some of them have however dumped the PDP and returned to the APC. Naija News understands the defectors were received by the Lagos Deputy Governor, Obafemi Hamzat who said it’s a great delight to see people who have been misled retrace their steps. He assured them that they have taken the right decision and handed the APC flag to the defectors. The Lagos Deputy Governor also urged the returnees to support the 2023 presidential ambition of Asiwaju Bola Tinubu. Hamzat said; ‘It is possible for anyone to be misled but it would be foolishness to continue in the wrong direction after discovering the right path. “The state is moving in the right direction. This is the right decision. Asiwaju Bola Tinubu has an eye of talent and the ability to manage people. This is the time for us to vote for someone who knows the way. It is good you retraced yourselves back. I must tell you that you have made the right decision. “It is people who make towns, cities and countries great. I am excited that you have seen the reason to support Asiwaju.” The Lagos APC Chairman, Cornelius Ojelabi also added his voice and promised beter dividends of democracy for Lagos people.
Why We Returned To APC
Explaining the reason for their decision to dump the PDP for APC, the leader of the defectors, Idowu Daramola said Jandor has not shown he knows what he’s doing hence the decision. While expressing disappointment, Daramola said the decision by Jandor to choose Nollywood actress, Funke Akindele as his running mate was done without consulting them. In his view, Jandor has not been accountable regarding party finances in Lagos. He said; “We were supporting Jandor because we believed he had a vision, but we found out it was not what we thought. What changed our mind again was Asiwaju’s presidential ticket. We have to move when Asiwaju got the presidential ticket of APC to support him. “This is a great opportunity for anyone that is a Lagos resident, and the Yoruba nation, to support Tinubu. We have told everybody that we needed to go back because we discovered we were going in the wrong direction.”
This article was originally published on Naija News