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APC in names-calling as Lagos4Lagos joins PDP

By Kehinde Olatunji
07 December 2021   |   3:53 am
The recent affiliation of a factional group in the All Progressives Congress (APC), Lagos4Lagos movement, with the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has been greeted with criticism.

Abdul-Azeez Olajide Adediran

it’s been lonely in APC-Adediran
The recent affiliation of a factional group in the All Progressives Congress (APC), Lagos4Lagos movement, with the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has been greeted with criticism.

The Lagos4Lagos group, led by Olajide Adediran popularly known as Jandor, had on Saturday, announced its decision to join Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in the state over irreconcilable differences.

Reacting to the decision, APC Publicity Secretary, Seye Oladejo, stated that it was the constitutional right of the leaders and members of the group to associate with any party of their choice without sparing a thought for morals, principles, antecedents, perennial history of political defeats and inconsistency in their selling point.

Oladejo stated that it was with utter amusement that Lagos4Lagos was welcomed by the former Senate President, Bukola Saraki who turned his state to his fiefdom before the revolution of the people.

Oladejo stated that Lagos4Lagos in the APC were perpetually ungovernable and would only live by their own set of rules and regulations.

He said all efforts to educate them and overtures to engender lasting reconciliation were rebuffed since it did not include a gubernatorial ticket for their leader, Adeniran.

He said: “We watched with utter amusement and amazement as they were received by a symbol of democracy, in their own reckoning, a proven fighter against god fatherism who literally turned his state to his fiefdom before the revolution of the people burst his bubble.

“It’s such an irony to the well-mouthed battle cry by the group against god fatherism and undemocratic practices that they chose a curious personality as their political undertaker.

“Perhaps, it’s a case of an expired and foreign godfather posing less danger to a group that is desperate for a home and power. It is important to note that our suspicion of the group acting as a mole in the ruling Lagos APC has come to pass.

“During their short stint, they were perpetually rabble rousing, ungovernable and would only live by their own set of rules and regulations.

“Our admonition to the group that their brand of politics which harps on sectionalism and discrimination of a whole lot of Lagosians who have no other place to call home was alien to our progressive party fell on deaf ears.”

He stated that Lagos state has always been a progressive state even in the face of well-orchestrated threats and power play.

“Their new hosts should be honest enough to tell them that losing elections since the advent of democratic governance has been their lot which they have accepted as their destiny.

“We also note their assurance to resurrect the PDP in Lagos which no doubt is uncomplimentary to their new soulmates. We want to congratulate them for finally finding a home in a homeless party. However, our doors in APC remain open to receive and rehabilitate them, true to the proven characters of our leaders, after burning their fingers as expected.”

APC Lagos State Publicity Secretary, Seye Oladejo.

MEANWHILE, Adediran, in a statement, stated that there would be an official declaration of his decision to join the PDP and would be led by Oyo State governor, Seyi Makinde.
He added that the decision to join the PDP was birthed out of the need to choose between subjecting the aspirations to make Lagos work for all, to the generality of Lagosians, as against subjecting it to the mood of an individual.

Adediran’s words: “I have read and heard divergent views over our decision to dump the APC for the PDP and I can’t but appreciate all sides of the divide, at least, for considering us worthy of their precious time, discussing our position. It shows we are doing something, which is far better than doing nothing. We thank you most sincerely.

“Pending when we will be having a proper official declaration, which will be led by no other person than the leader of our party in the Southwest, who is equally one of the National Leaders of PDP in Nigeria, Oyo State Governor, Oluseyi Makinde,I will like to reiterate here again, that, we had to choose between subjecting our aspirations to make Lagos work for all, to the generality of Lagosians, as against subjecting it to the mood of an individual.

“With the PDP culture of conducting a proper primary election, we are ready to submit ourselves in a fair contest with all other interested members of the PDP who may also want to throw their hats in the ring.

“It’s been very lonely where we are coming from despite enjoying huge support base within the leadership cadre of the APC.However, the said support base are mostly ‘invisibles’, and we know they will remain so for obvious reason. I know they feel much relieved now, with the possibility of us being on the ballot, a right we never enjoyed, and may not enjoy where we are coming from.”