The All Progressives Congress (APC) Lagos has slammed the Lagos4Lagos movement over its defection to the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP.
APC Lagos publicity secretary, Seye Oladejo said though the group has right to associate with any party but assured APC will meet them at the poll.
In his address, the founder, Abdul-Azeez Adediran, popularly known as Jandor, said the development meant an end to godfatherism in Nigeria’s commercial hub.
“If the level playing ground is not available in APC we are ready to move to PDP. That’s why we are moving out with our large members because we have the numerical strength to deliver Lagos,” Jandor who has had his eyes on being the number one citizen of Lagos said.
“We realized that without taking the executive power from APC, we can’t change Lagos. That’s why we have resolved to apply Saraki and Obaseki’s style to get the power from them,” he added.
But the APC while subtly congratulating the group, said it found a home in a “homeless” party.
“We want to congratulate him (Jandor) and his group for finally finding a home in a homeless party. He has finally confirmed our position that he was acting a script by playing the opposition within the ruling party,” the APC said.
“We meet at the polls and I can assure you that the party will not feel the departure of a group that has a reputation of rabble-rousing having emerged from nowhere in recent times,” Seye Oladejo, said in a statement.
Members of the movement, which was formed under the Lagos Chapter of the APC, had defected to the PDP on Saturday after a voice vote session at the Liberty Place, Lagos4Lagos, Headquarters, Adeniji Jones, Ikeja.
The ruling party further assured that it will retain power in 2023, just as it maintained that the new development will not be a distraction to its goals.
“Our party will definitely not be distracted as we continue to support our government to finish strongly,” the party added.
” It is important to note that our suspicion of the group acting as a mole in the ruling Lagos APC has come to pass. During their short stint, they were perpetually rabble rousing, ungovernable and would only live by their own set of rules and regulations.”
“All efforts to make overtures to engender lasting reconciliation were rebuffed since it didn’t include a gubernatorial ticket for their leader.”
” Our admonition to the group that their brand of politics which harps on sectionalism and discrimination of a whole lot of Lagosians who have no other place to call home was alien to our progressive party fell on deaf ears.”
Meanwhile, former Senate President and PDP chieftain, Bukola Saraki, while welcoming the group, described the development as a move to freedom.
Speaking on his association with the group in the past year, Saraki said he was optimistic about victory in the 2023 elections.