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Former Lagos State deputy governor, Chief Rafiu Jafojo and former chairman of the Nigeria Medical Association in the state, Dr Abayomi Finnih, were part of the People’s Democratic Party, PDP chieftains amidst thousands of party men and women who defected to the All Progressive Congress, APC yesterday in Lagos.

Other party chieftains who defected alongside Jafojo and Finnih were Dr. Tunde Daramola, a former financial secretary of the PDP in the state, Chief Mrs Oluwole, Alhaji Okanlawon and Segun Adeyemi.

They were on Saturday afternoon welcomed into their new political affiliation by the Lagos State governor, Babatunde Fashola, his deputy, Adejoke Orelope- Adefulire, the party’s chairman and deputy chairman, Henry Ajomale and James Odunbaku respectively and other APC leaders in the state.

Governor Fashola, while welcoming the new APC members, enjoined them to always believe that the party’s interest is paramount and that it should be considered before the individual interest or aspirations.

Fashola also described the defectors as people with experience in marking out the differences between different political parties as they have come from a disappointing party to a promising party.

According to the governor, the party in charge of the country’s affairs at the centre has continuously inflected pains on the populace and the people are ready to say no to continuation of poor leadership at the centre.

He said the PDP without election has lost five governors and the Speaker of the House of Assembly, saying Jonathan’s government would enter the Guinness Book of records for losing five governors prior to election.

The governor congratulated the courage of the erstwhile PDP chieftains, saying they must have endured much hardship from poor leadership in their former party, adding that change in the incoming election is inevitable.

One of the decamped chieftains, Chief Jafojo said he has always been a progressive and did niot really feel at home while in PDP, adding that his coming to APC is home coming and will yield a lot of dividends for the party and the public in general.

He said: “While I was in PDP, I was on sabbatical leave, I don’t belong there and I decided to come back to APC especially because they have lots of progressive programmes that have improved our society and deliver the dividends of democracy to the citizenry.

“As from the beginning of my political life, I have always been a progressive and that is why I joined hands with other progressives in APC. I am well known for my progressive activities and in APC, I am at home. There is no doubt about that.

 

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