5th December, 2021
By Adeyemi Adeleye
The Lagos4Lagos Movement, a splinter group within the All Progressives Congress which defected to the opposition PDP on Saturday said the die is cast and no turning back.
A spokesman, Kazeem Bakare dismissed suggestions that the group would dance its way back to APC.
Bakare said the movement took the decision having exhausted all avenues for reconciliation.
“The die is cast actually because the argument has been that we can’t make any change elsewhere.
“We have exhausted all processes of reconciliation within the APC. Even at that, we are law-abiding.
“We have what it takes to win elections and that is why we are taking our leave.
“We believe in a few weeks, unfolding events will tell Lagos residents that we are ready to take over the state for the good of Lagos State,’’ Bakare said
Former Senate President, Bukola Saraki, met with the leaders of the aggrieved APC members on Saturday and wooed them into the PDP.
The formal declaration of the group’s defection is scheduled for Dec. 18.
Saraki, Chairman of PDP’s National Reconciliation Committee, met with hundreds of members of the Lagos4Lagos Movement, and the group’s leader, Olajide Adediran a.k.a Jandor, at an event in Ikeja organised for the defection.
The Adediran faction of the APC held parallel local government congresses at different locations in the state in September.
The group had alleged impunity, imposition and marginalisation of candidates in the APC for its action.
Some efforts were made to reconcile the group with the main party.
One of the efforts was a meeting between Governor Yahaya Bello and Adediran in Abuja.
But Adediran who nurses a governorship ambition in 2023 was unbending.
The PDP moved in to pluck the hanging APC fruit.
First came a PDP delegation led by Board of Trustees member, Dr. Raymond Dokpesi, who asked Adediran to join PDP in his quest to actualize his 2023 governorship aspiration.
Former Senate President and Chairman of the PDP National Reconciliation Committee, Dr. Bukola Saraki on Saturday led another powerful delegation to invite Adediran to join the PDP.
“When I was made the Chairman of our National Reconciliation Committee, one of the things I told our members was that if we want to win power in Lagos, we must welcome other people from the other party to join forces with us to wrestle power from the APC. Again, I want to appeal to Jandor to join our party”, Saraki said on Saturday.
Thereafter a motion was moved and passed with ayes voice vote.