The defectors complained of imposition of candidates.
Some members of the All Progressives Congress, APC, and Labour Party, LP, in the Oshodi-Isolo area of Lagos on Thursday defected to the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP.
The defectors, believed to be in hundreds, officially denounced their membership of the APC and LP at a ‘sensitisation get –together’ organised by the PDP in the area.
About a hundred of the defectors were from the LP while the rest were from the APC.
Speaking at the event, the leader of the group, Segun Agbabiaka, who dumped the APC, said that their decision to join the PDP was due to some ‘undemocratic practises’ in their former parties.
“2015 is around the corner and already we are being told who will represent us even when the primaries have not been held. There is so much we are grieved about especially with the 2015 elections by the corner. We need a platform that will give a level playing ground to all members,” Mr. Agbabiaka said.
In his speech, the Lagos State Chairman of the PDP, Tunji Shelle, assured the defectors that they would be given equal treatment with other members.
“Anyone of you with intention to contest the 2015 polls will get a level playing ground as others,” Mr. Shelle said.
He said the get together was aimed at sensitising members of the party on working toward the success of the PDP in Lagos State. Mr. Shelle said that a PDP-led government in Lagos State would review some policies of the present administration it considered absurd.
“For instance, we will review the policy on sand filling of the Atlantic Ocean. There are so many problems to be tackled in Lagos State including traffic and interior road networks. Housing has remained a great challenge in the state which we intend to tackle headlong,” he said.
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