The Lagos State chairman of the Social Democratic Party, SDP, Miss Dabiraoluwa Adeyinka, and some other state executive members have dumped the party and joined the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP.
Adeyinka, leading about 15 other party executives to the main opposition party on Monday, said that the decision was based on personalities with the tickets of the PDP in the state.
According to her, the group consulted widely before settling for the PDP, having considered the reality on ground.
She said they also considered some personalities in the party like Ms Funke Akindele, the Lagos PDP deputy governorship candidate.
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“We are proud of this and find it convincing. We find a lot of attractions in PDP.
“The likes of Funke Akindele are role models for us. She likes us as youths, she is accessible and a young mind, who has impacted the system in Nigeria by creating employment for Nigerian youths.
“She (Akindele) is doing wonderfully well and she is a sellable youth. She is a voice for the women and a voice for the Nigerian youths.
“She (Akindele) is motivation even without meeting her in person. We want to join force with an entity like that,” Adeyinka said.
Adeyinka added that the group was also attracted to PDP because of the likes of Mr Wellington Bankole (Banky W), the PDP House of Representatives’ candidate for Eti-Osa Federal Constituency.
“Those are people we want to reckon with because for Nigerian youth to be able to speak and make impact, we have to come together as one force. We need a force to change status quo.
“We want a Lagos for all not for a few. We want a Lagos that works for everyone. We want to kill the system of godfatherism that puts our lives in danger.
“We need to find the right direction, we have a torchlight in PDP. Not because it is PDP, but because we have people of like minds like Dr Abdul-Azeez Adediran and others there.
“We were not paid to do this or under pressure. It is high time Nigerian youths got involved.
“We want to be able to elect people into office because they merit it not because the system put them there,” she added.
Receiving the defectors at the PDP candidate’s Liberty House in Ikeja, Mr Philips Aivoji, the Lagos State PDP chairman, expressed delight and commended them for their courage and conviction.
“I appreciate your courage. You have come to the right party. I thank you for identifying with our candidate. What I can assure you is that there is no level you cannot aspire to in PDP.
“We have broken the jinx of godfatherism. Let others rise up and join us and rally round PDP together to rescue Lagos,” Aivoji, who handed the party flag to the defectors said.
Also speaking, the Lagos PDP governorship candidate, Dr Abdul-Azeez Adediran, noted that there was an alignment between his aspirations and those of the defectors.
He urged them to hit the ground running to rescue the state.
Adediran, popularly known as Jandor, said that he was committed to bringing a breath of fresh air in the state governance, and making the wealth of the state work for all and not some individuals.
“This is the way to go. It is about time we did it differently so that we can get different results. We need to combine forces together and confront the status quo,” he said.
Adediran immediately appointed Adeyinka as one of his campaign spokespersons in the state.
Some of the excos who defected along with Adeyinka include Mr Akinbode Oluwamayowa (State Secretary) Mrs Motunrayo, Olajitan, (Chairman, Alimosho LGA) and Mrs Perpetual Kamsi (Organising Secretary).
Others include Mrs Tolulope Osundeluse (Woman Leader), Mrs Oluwakemi Balogun (Assistant Secretary), Mr Micheal Egberinde (Youth Leader), and Mrs Mariam Oba (Youth Leader Alimosho LGA).