Lagos Assembly: Another PDP lawmaker decamps to APC

Lagos Speaker Obasa
Hon. Victor Akande, one out of the two remaining Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) member in the Lagos State House of Assembly has defected to the ruling All Progressives Congress, APC.

Akande, who is representing Ojo constituency 01, officially informed the House of his defection at plenary yesterday through a letter addressed to the Speaker, Hon. Mudashiru Obasa, and read on the floor of the House by the Clerk of the Assembly, Mr. Azeez Sanni.

 Akande, in the letter, said that he was defecting because of the factionalisation of PDP, not just into two but four, especially in Lagos State.

"My defection is to further continue support of adding legislative excellence to Governor Akinwunmi Ambode and the political leadership of the Speaker of the Lagos Assembly, who has impacted on legislative standard in the state.

"PDP has fallen apart and the centre can no longer hold so I have chosen to follow the stable, APC. I thank PDP for giving me the political platform to showcase myself. I also thank my constituents and traditional rulers in my constituency for their support. I will continue to give them better representation and for me, this is a home coming," Akande stated.

Akande who described himself as the last PDP man standing in the Lagos Assembly because "Markafi  has since told his supporters to move over to the Labour Party," said his move to the APC is with the blessings of his people from Ojo 1 constituency, royal fathers and all indigenes and non indigenes of the constituency.

"I consulted widely before arriving at the decision to dump PDP for APC. I hereby shed the garb of PDP and I want to now be clothed with the APC garb," Akande said.

Congratulating Akande for what he called a bold decision, his counterpart from Ojo Constituency 02, Hon. Lanre Ogunyemi, said, "Akande has made our day in Ojo with this defection because actually there is nothing more for him to do in the PDP than to move to the moving train of the APC."

The Speaker of the House, Rt. Hon. Mudashiru Obasa , while welcoming Akande into the APC, congratulated his colleagues for their good nature, which made all the defections possible. 

He also thanked the decampee for coming on board the APC, "we know you are a man of integrity and we are sure that image will reflect in our party," Obasa stated.

It would be recalled that six of the eight PDP members in the House had, May, this year, defected to the APC, with two of their colleagues still left in the party. 
With the latest development of Akande defecting to the APC, Dipo Olorunrinu, representing Amuwo Odofin Constituency, remains the only PDP member in the Lagos State House of Assembly.

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