By: Okunade Adekunle
As it is now, the Lagos Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), may not be happy with the move made by one of its strong men in the Lagos State House of Assembly as a lawmaker from its platform recently dumped the party to join his colleagues in the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) who had abandoned the party since February 16, this year.
It is right to point that political analysts who are conversant with the happenings in the House of Assembly had argued before now that the recent defector, Hon. Victor Akande, would not be able to sustain his standing with his former political party.
Before his formal defection, Akande had frequently refuted earlier reports that he had defected since May of this year. Meanwhile, sources in the Assembly revealed that Akande had written to the leadership of the House of Assembly two months ago and that the leadership was still considering accepting his intention to join the ruling APC.
It was also revealed that the lawmaker quickly joined APC so as to be extensively involve and partake in the ongoing APC local government election campaign in Ojo local government area.
In the content of the letter read by the Clerk of House of Assembly, Mr Azeez Sanni, Akande stated that he was defecting because he want to continue supporting the excellent performance of Governor Akinwunmi Ambode and the political leadership of the Speaker of the Lagos Assembly who has impacted on legislative standard in the state.
Akande, who could have been clipped by the Surpreme Court judgement closing the ranks of the factions in PDP by ruling that Ahmed Markafi is the authentic National Chairman, before his formal defection, claimed in his defection letter that he was abandoning the PDP because the party has fallen apart and the centre can no longer hold, saying that he chose 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 an home coming,” said Akande.
After the reading of the defection letter by the Clerk of the House, Akande was chanced to comment on his defection.
Akande 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.”
He added, “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.”
The first lawmaker to congratulate him, was his colleague representing Ojo Constituency 2, Hon Lanre Ogunyemi, who lauded his courage to have defected to the APC.
The Speaker of the House of Assembly, Rt (Hon) Mudashiru Obasa , who congratulated his colleagues for their effort and good nature to have made all the defections of seven former PDP lawmakers possible, implored the defected lawmaker to make bear his known integrity in the ruling APC.