Abiodun Akinlade was at a Labour Party function.
A member of the House of Representatives and chieftain of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Ogun State, Abiodun Akinlade, may have concluded arrangements to defect to the Labour Party.
The Labour Party’s popularity in Ogun State has increased as political allies of former Ogun governor and leader of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, Gbenga Daniel, move to the party in droves in possible preparation for Mr. Daniel’s decamping.
The secret romance of Mr. Akinlade with the Labour Party was revealed on Tuesday when he was sighted at the party’s inauguration ceremony of a committee to speed up membership registration. The three-time federal lawmaker was seen at the State Headquarters of the Labour Party in Adatan area of Abeokuta playing a leading role in the ceremony.
Mr. Akinlade, representing Ogun West, had declared his intention to challenge the Ogun State Governor, Ibikunle Amosun, for the ticket of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in the 2015 governorship election.
However, at the Labour Party ceremony, the lawmaker, while addressing party supporters, told them that his formal and public declaration would take place in due course. He emphasised the need for all Labour Party members to work together as one family in ensuring the success of the party in the next political dispensation.
Also in attendance at the ceremony were some members of the All Progressives Congress in the Ogun State House of Assembly: Adijat Oladapo-Adeleye, Remmy Hazzan and Samson Onademuren. The lawmakers are also said to ready to decamp to the Labour Party in Ogun.
Majority of the Labour Party leaders that attended Wednesday’s ceremony are loyalists of Mr. Daniel and include Gboyega Isiaka, Razaq Adewusi and Bukola Olopade.