By Sunday Rotilefon
The membership strength of the All Progressives Congress in Alimosho Local Government Area of Lagos State reduced at the weekend as hundreds of members of the party defected to the Peoples Democratic Party, citing the need for a change from broken promises as their reason.
This is barely a week after a similar defection took place in Ijaiye Ojokoro area of the state when scores of stalwarts moved from APC to PDP.
The defectors were led by National Co-coordinator of Oodua People’s Congress and an APC chieftain in the area, Mr. Ireyemi John.
Speaking at the occasion, PDP Chairman in the area, Prince Ayodele Adelaja, assured the defectors that Alimosho and Lagos would fall to PDP in the forthcoming general election, adding that their votes would be adequately protected to forestall rigging and snatching of ballot boxes.
According to Adelaja, those who are defecting had realized that there is no iota of truth in the political campaign of APC, claiming that the party is not a platform for the youths to express and develop themselves.
The PDP leader alleged that APC is not competent to rule the country because the party lacks internal democracy, noting that it is full of imposition, which does not always go down well with the majority of the members.
He said PDP is ready for the election, adding that a majority of the people are clamouring for change and PDP is ready to offer the change, assuring the people that enough campaign is going on in the state.
Adelaja said the PDP would be integrated into the party not as joiners but as co-founders.
He urged the new members to work tirelessly for the party to win in the next month’s elections.
A defector, Alarape Ibiyemi John, told WESTERN POST that he left APC because of the dictatorial attitude of the party leaders, which does not allow the people’s voice to be respected.
He said he cherishes PDP because of its internal democracy and opportunity for the youths to participate in the internal affairs of the party.
He said Lagos State should vote for the PDP governorship candidate, Chief Jimi Agbaje, rather a candidate that emerged through imposition.