7th July, 2012
The Peoples Democratic Party in Lagos state claimed its membership has increased by some 2, 000, being defectors from the ruling Action Congress of Nigeria (ACN).
At a ceremony today the PDP received the defectors, the biggest catch, in the PDP’s estimation being Mr Abdulkareem Rafiu, described as a former security aide to Governor Babatunde Fashola.
Rafiu told PDP big wigs and party faithful who were at the state party secretariat in Ikeja, where his fellow defectors were formally accepted, that the ACN had not lived up to expectation.
“I believe the PDP is the party that would bring back the dream Lagos,” Rafiu, popularly called “Otto’’ , said.
On hand to receive the defectors were PDP bigwigs, including its former National Deputy Chairman, South-West, Chief Olabode George, former governor of Ekiti, Mr Segun Oni, and former Minister of Transport, Chief Ebenezer Babatope.
Addressing the defectors and party members at the event, George said that a PDP-led administration would never disappoint the people of Lagos.
“I am delighted that many people in the ranks of the ACN are now seeing the light,” he said.
Oni, who also spoke at the event, informed the gathering that by 2015, PDP would form the next government in Lagos State. He called for unity among the party members.
Earlier in a welcome speech, the state chairman of the party, Chief Tunji Shelle, urged the members to join hands to move the PDP forward.
“Let us move this party to a position in which the teeming masses of Lagos State, who have suffered so much, can find succour,” he said.