Sunday, July 21, 2024

Labour Party, PDP members defect to APC in Lagos

“My dear defectors, the ruling party has your interest at heart. I, therefore, urge you to be patient with President Tinubu’s government,” said Mr Shabi.

• July 4, 2024
Labour Party, PDP members defect to APC in Lagos
Labour Party, PDP members defect to APC in Lagos [Credit: NAN]

Hundreds of members of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and the Labour Party defected to the All Progressives Congress (APC)  at Mainland Constituency II in Lagos on Thursday.

Receiving the detectors, Rasheed Shabi, a member of the Lagos House of Assembly (Mainland II), said President Bola Tinubu’s style of leadership endeared opposition members to the ruling party.

Mr Shabi added that the defectors joined the party to support the president towards achieving his Renewed Hope Agenda.

The lawmaker,  chairman of the House Committee on Environment (Parastatals), said the party had enough room to accommodate more new members, assuring the defectors of equal treatment and fairness.

“My dear defectors, the ruling party has your interest at heart. I, therefore, urge you to be patient with President Tinubu’s government. Everything will be fine; fuel price and foodstuff prices will soon come down. Congratulations to you for making the right choice, and you are all welcome to join the ruling party.

“We will ensure that you will benefit from all opportunities regarding the welfare of members without sentiments,” the lawmaker said.

Mr Shabi assured that he would continue to give his best to the people of his constituency. He urged the defectors, the Wards A, B, and C  of the constituency, to be loyal and shun anti-party activities “so that you can enjoy the benefits of being an APC member to the fullest.”

In their separate speeches, some of the PDP and Labour Party defectors described their former parties as weak in the state, promising to work hard to give APC  more weight at the grassroots.

Leading defectors from PDP, Edupo Benjamin, noted that they were impressed by Shabi’s good work in empowerment, facilitation of road projects, drilling of boreholes, and others.

Mr Benjamin said that the lawmaker had been providing books, school bags and tablet devices for students to help them study.

Leading the Labour Party, Azankpo Nobert said they were convinced that APC was the place to be, adding that their former party abandoned them after the election.

Mr Nobert said the lawmaker was always available to listen to people and kept an open door.

In separate speeches, some other PDP and Labour Party defectors described their former parties as weak in the state, promising to work hard to give APC  more weight at the grassroots.

Also, commenting, an APC chieftain, Tajudeen Agoro, who defected from PDP to APC in 2019, congratulated the defected members, saying that their decision was a wise one.

“I can assure you will not regret your decision. In this party, you will be given opportunities to showcase yourself and tap the benefits of politics. Two things are the reasons we join politics: what we will benefit and what we will become.

“All those opportunities are what I have benefited since I joined APC in 2019. I believe that you would also get them,” he said.

(NAN) 

We have recently deactivated our website's comment provider in favour of other channels of distribution and commentary. We encourage you to join the conversation on our stories via our Facebook, Twitter and other social media pages.

More from Peoples Gazette

Katsina State

Politics

Katsina youths pledge to deliver over 2 million votes to Atiku

“Katsina State is Atiku’s political base because it is his second home.”

Alhaji Aliko Dangote

Economy

Dangote Refinery refutes claims of inferior quality, says its sulphur supersedes imported equivalents

Mr Dangote said the lab results rubbished the NMDPRA boss’ claims that his refinery produced 650 to 1200 ppm and insisted that his refinery “produces the best diesel in Nigeria.”

President Bola Tinubu

World

Tinubu condoles with Vietnam over Nguyen Phu Trong’s death

“President Tinubu also commiserates with the widow of the Vietnamese leader, Madam Ngô Thị Mận,” said the statement.

Illegal crude oil refining site

States

JTF destroys illegal refining sites, intercepts 14 boats in Abia

The commander, Rear Adm. John Okeke, said the task force also intercepted 14 boats loaded with crude oil in Obuzor, Okoloma and Komkom River in Abia.

Sadiq Atayese

Economy

N70,000 minimum wage not solution to economic hardship in Nigeria, says LP chair

The LP chair said the beneficial effects of these critical issues, if properly addressed, would far outweigh a minimum wage of even N150,000.

Aliko Dangote

Heading 1

We paid Lagos govt $100 million for land to construct refinery: Dangote

Mr Dangote said, “Even though Lagos State gave us a good deal, we paid $100 million for land. It was not free land; we paid for it.”

The Supreme Court of Nigeria

States

Stakeholders seek constitutional amendments to deepen LG autonomy amid Supreme Court ruling

Mr Inuwa stressed the need for thorough amendments to enable the local councils to exercise their functions based on constitutional provisions.