The Chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Lagos, Henry
Ajomale, on Wednesday said the party was stepping up arrangements to
welcome a chieftain of the Peoples Democratic Party(PDP) and former
Minister of State, Musiliu Obanikoro, into its fold in a matter of weeks.
Mr. Ajomale, who gave the hint in an interview with journalists in Ikeja,
said Mr. Obanikoro was coming along with other bigwigs of the state’s PDP.
The party chairman said Mr. Obanikoro and others had reached out to the
party to resolve their issues with it and all was set for their formal
He said Wednesday’s defection of PDP bigwig, Lukman Ajose, would open a
floodgate of defections from the PDP to the APC in the coming days.
“We welcome Prince Ajose to the APC. His defection is a plus for us.
“But Ajose is not the only one joining us. Some of the bigwigs in the PDP,
including Obanikoro, will be joining us soon.
“I don’t want to give you a particular date but all I can tell you is all
is set,” he said.
Mr. Ajomale said the coming of Mr. Ajose into the party, as well as other
PDP members, would add value to the party and enhance its electoral
He said their coming was particularly gladdening as the party was
preparing for the council polls and making early preparations for the
general election in 2019.
Asked if the mass movement of PDP members into the party would not weaken
the opposition and make the state a one party state, Mr. Ajomale answered
in the negative.
He said since the PDP was not the only party in the opposition, it would
be wrong to say the decimation of the party through defection would make
the state a one party state.
The party chairman also said the party was stepping preparations to secure
popular electoral victory for its candidates for the July 22 council poll.
He said the party would ensure a level-playing field for all the aspirants
of the party.
Mr. Ajomale described as false allegations in some quarters that the party
was imposing candidates in some council areas.
The chairman said those making the allegations were blackmailers who were
not sure of themselves and their ability to win at the party primary.
“It is pure blackmail. There is nothing like that. Everybody will be
allowed a level playing ground,” he said.
The Lagos State independent Electoral Commission (LASIEC) has fixed July
22 for the council election and July 29 for run off.
Meanwhile, a credible source at the Lagos State House of Assembly told NAN
that one of the remaining two PDP members in the assembly had already
indicated his intention to defect to the APC and his letter would likely
be read at the next sitting of the lawmakers.
Six of the eight lawmakers who won their elections to the House on the
platform of the PDP had earlier defected to the APC on Feb. 16.