4th February, 2011
At least 200 aggrieved members of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, in Ifako-Ijaiye Local GovernmentÂ of Lagos State, South-West Nigeria, have decamped to the ruling party in the state, the ActionÂ Congress of Nigeria, ACN.
The decampees led by Hon. Gabriel Olaiya, said they decided to pitch their tent with the ACN in theÂ state because of the humane disposition of members of the party and their progressive policies.
According to him, “the ACN is the party most of the political parties in the state are trying to beatÂ because of its track record of laudable achievements in the south west. My group decided to leave theÂ PDP because of its selfish and conservative policies of use-and-dump of most of us in the party forÂ the past ten years without anything to show for it.”
Olaiya assured the ACN leaders in Ifako-Ijaye that his group will work for the progress of the partyÂ in its quest to develop Lagos State.
Receiving the decampees in his Ogba Estate, the ACN apex leaders of Ifako-Ijaye local government andÂ Ojokoro Local Council Development Area, LCDA, Chief Ayo Akande, extolled the virtues of the nationalÂ leader of the party, Asiwaju Bola Tinubu.
He lauded Tinubu for preparing the ground for the party to win the forthcoming elections in theÂ country and commended the courage and foresight of the decampees from PDP to ACN.
Akande promised that ACN would integrate them into its fold and give them the necessary sense ofÂ belonging which the PDP failed to accord them.
Chief Akande enjoined them to be consistent and be loyal to the partyâ€™s leadership both in the localÂ government and the state at large, adding that â€œyou need to work assiduously in your various wards forÂ the success of the party in the forthcoming elections in the state.”