Former Lagos Deputy Governor, others defect from PDP to APC

A former Lagos State Deputy Governor, Rafiu Jafojo, and some chieftains of the Peoples’ Democratic Party, PDP, in the state on Saturday defected to All Progressives Congress, APC.

Others who defected were Oluyomi Finnih, former Lagos State Chairman, Elders Council of PDP and Tunde Daramola, former state secretary of the party.

An event officially announcing the defection of the new members, was held at the APC secretariat in Acme, Lagos.

Welcoming the new members, Henry Ajomale, the State Chairman of APC, said they had made a good decision.

He promised that the party would be fair to them.

Mr. Finnih, who spoke on behalf of the new members, said that the defectors had come for the unity of the party and not to divide it.

“We took the bold decision because we see the party as a prosperous party. We defected based on lack of internal democracy in the PDP and our aim is winning the presidential election by APC,” Mr. Finnih said.

The State Governor, Babatunde Fashola, said the party was glad to accommodate the new members.

Mr. Fashola urged them to ensure that the party’s interest was placed above individual interest, saying that there would be a level playing ground.

Meanwhile, the state chapter of PDP described the defection of Mr. Finnih and his group to the APC as a welcome development.

Gani Taofik, the State Publicity Secretary, said, “Finnih and his group have long been out of PDP. The defection ceremony today is just a charade for people who have long left our fold.

“Finnih and his group had always worked against the PDP even when they were our members.

“Their roles of playing moles and fifth columnists in our party have been extinguished. They had no choice but to be part and parcel of the APC, their real party.”

He advised other members of the party who were not willing to abide by its rules and loyalty to exit or risk being disciplined.

“The Lagos PDP can no longer tolerate insubordination,” he said. “It is no longer business as usual. We want to enforce party discipline to the letter.”

He, however, assured members that the party would emerge victorious in 2015 general elections.

(NAN)


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  • Baba Messi

    NONE Of these names rings a bell! APC is fast turning out to be a party of rejects! No wonder people are beginning to see them with the same eye one looks at receivers of ‘stolen goods’!
    However, what bothers me is the way our poliTRICKcians maneuver from one party to another! It would appear these parties APC and PDP stand for nothing!
    No ideological differences..nothing!
    Anywhere-Belle-Face parties!

    • Jika

      A former Deputy Governor is amongst them and yet none of the names ring a bell?????

      • Baba Messi

        Most deputy Governors are just figure heads. That is why at the end of their tenure, their bosses hardly ever give them a chance to succeed them! You usually get to hear of them when they have problems with their ogas and they are impeached.. or nearly impeached. Like Tinubu and Bucknor then.
        Figure heads..most of them..figure heads..

  • amazing2012

    No body that is reasonable and sensitive will remain in PDP. Asks yourself what has PDP brought to us beside insecurity, disunity, daylight corruption, and economic curse ! Just few days ago owe received a gift of devaluation of Naira as Christmas gift. While before then the new CBN governor issued a welcome gift of ATM withdrawal charges !