A former Lagos State Deputy Governor, Alhaji Rafiu Jafojo and some chieftains of the Peoples’ Democratic Party (PDP) in the state on Saturday defected to All Progressives Congress (APC), reports Vanguard.
The PDP members who defected said they left the opposition in the state because of lack of internal democracy, adding that they joined the APC because they see the party as a prosperous one.
“We defected based on lack of internal democracy in the PDP and our aim is winning the presidential election by APC,” said Dr Oluyomi Finnih, former Lagos State Chairman, Elders Council of PDP. Chief Tunde Daramola, former state secretary of the party also defected to the APC.
Chief Henry Ajomale, the State Chairman of APC welcomed the new members at the APC secretariat in the state. He assured them they have made a very good decision. He promised them that they will not experience what made them leave PDP in their new party, as the APC would be fair to them.
Also speaking, Lagos State Governor, Babatunde Fashola (SAN) said that the party was happy to welcome the new members. He urged them to ensure that they put the party’s interest above their personal interest,promising them a level playing ground.
In its reaction to the defection of its top members, the state chapter of the PDP described it as welcome development for the party.
“The defection ceremony today is just a charade for people who have long left our fold,” said Gani Taofik, State Publicity Secretary of the PDP.
“Finnih and his group have long been out of PDP,” he told the News Agency of Nigeria.
“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.”
Taofik said the exit door was wide open for other members of the party who are not ready to remain loyal and abide by its rules.
Fayemi Presents Over N109 billion As Budget Estimate For 2021
Governor of Ekiti State, Kayode Fayemi has presented the proposed budget for the 2021 fiscal year in the State.
The Governor on Monday presented a budget estimate of over N109 billion for the 2021 fiscal year.
Governor Fayemi, while presenting the budget at the State House of Assembly complex yesterday in Ado-Ekiti described the 2021 budget as “Budget of Recovery and Economic Restoration.”
The budget has a recurrent expenditure of N57, 997,898,982.62k while the capital expenditure has N51, 668,386,739.99k.
Fayemi, said the budget proposal presented contains the policy thrust, programmes, and vision of his administration for 2021, saying efforts shall be made to source the needed resources to fund the budget.
National Broadcast: PDP Slams Buhari Over ‘Disappointing, Empty’ Speech – PDP
Recall that Buhari in his speech called for an end to the protest, adding that his government had already accepted and started implementing demands of the protesters.
He, however, failed to acknowledge the shooting of protesters by soldiers of the Nigerian Army at the Lekki Toll Gate on Tuesday night.
Reacting in a statement on Thursday night by its spokesperson, Kola Ologbodinyan, the PDP said Buhari’s address was depressing and failed empathy test.
The party appealed to Nigerians, particularly the youth, to remain calm and allow a return to normal life in the collective quest for peaceful co-existence in the overall interest of the nation.
PDP Asks Buhari To Stop Killing Of #EndSARS Protesters Across Nigeria
This was contained in a statement titled “EndSARS- Lekki Massacre,” signed by the PDP National Publicity Secretary, Kola Ologbondiyan, late on Tuesday.
Ologbodiyan said, “The Peoples Democratic Party, condemns in very strong terms, the killing of peaceful protesters at the Lekki Toll Gate in Lagos as well as other parts of our country.
“It is shocking that security agents and, in some cases, thugs, were reportedly deployed to end the lives of promising Nigerians. This, to say the least, is saddening.
“Those responsible for the heinous murder of the innocent and harmless Nigerians must account for their nefarious acts.
“The PDP calls on President Muhammadu Buhari to immediately direct an end to these wanton killings across our nation.
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