By: Okunade Adekunle
Following the rumoured defection of some members of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in the Lagos State House of Assembly to the All Progressives Congress (APC), Hon. Dipo Olorunrinu, representing Amuwo Odofin Constituency 1, has said that he would remain loyal to the PDP through which he came into office.
Speaking in an interview with the newsmen at the Assembly Complex, Olorunrinu added that the crisis in the party was not enough for him to defect to the APC.
The lawmaker, who reacted to the rumour that six out of the eight PDP lawmakers in the House were moving to the APC, stated that he could only speak for himself, and that crisis was not peculiar to the party.
“For every rumour, there is an iota of truth. We all represent different constituencies and we have different goals. I have not decamped and I was shocked to hear the news on the media. If anybody should decamp, he should be proud to say it. APC is not the only party in Nigeria, there are others such as APGA and Labour Party, so I see no reason for the noise. Nobody spoke to me about decamping or invite me to the APC. Immediately I joined the government, I know I belong to all the people in my constituency including those in the APC, Labour Party or APGA,” said Olorunrinu.
The lawmaker stressed that he believed in accessibility and loyalty, adding that he owed the party that took him to the assembly loyalty.
According to him, the party has done its best for him as there were others that could do it better before he was called upon to represent his constituency.
Olorunrinu revealed that he was away from the country, when the news of the decampment broke and that he has no cogent reason to leave the PDP now.
On if it was possible for the Minority Leader in the House to ensure that the PDP members provide a formidable opposition, Olorunrinu said that he was not in a position to answer the question, and that it was better to ask the party, which he said put him there or that the Minority Leader should be questioned on the matter.
He however, said that he believes in service delivery to his people, which he said has been his preoccupation since he got to office in 2015.
The lawmaker also disagreed with the notion in some quarters that the PDP could not win the Governorship election in Lagos State in 2019 as he said that crisis was not peculiar to the party and that anything is possible.
Olorunrinu, who faulted the method the APC-led Federal Government is fighting corruption, said that the noise being made over the matter is driving investors away.
“You don’t announce that you want to chase armed robbers. Announcing that you are fighting corruption is chasing investors away. I would also like the Federal Government to implement their policies and stop blaming the past administration,” said Olorunrinu.