GNI, Badru, others set to join APC

Femi Adeleke
The gubernatorial candidate of the Action Democratic Congress of Nigeria (ADC) in the last Governorship election in Ogun State, Prince Gboyega Isiaka and former Deputy Governor, Alhaja Salamat Badru of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), among others will on Tuesday, officially join the State chapter of the All Progressives Congress (APC).
The Publicity Secretary of the APC Caretaker Committee, Tunde Oladunjoye in a statement in Abeokuta on Sunday disclosed that the defection is in line with Governor Dapo Abiodun’s policy of inclusiveness.
Governor Abiodun since his inauguration had insisted on and continued to run an inclusive government involving politicians of various political parties and technocrats.
The event, according to the statement would hold at Ake Palace Ground, Abeokuta.
It would be recalled that Isiaka during his visit to Governor Abiodun in his office at Oke-Mosan had hinted that he and his supporters would soon dump the ADC for the PDP.
Isiaka had also been in a close relationship with the Governor since he was declared the winner of the election in 2019.
The Tuesday event, Oladunjoye said would mark the formal declaration of the political big wigs and thousands of their followers from the 20 Local Government Councils of Ogun State into the ruling party.
Among the top politicians moving into the APC are, two-term member of House of Reps, Apostle Dave Salako, former Chairman of PDP and former Secretary of PDP in Ogun State, Chief Joju Fadairo and Chief Pegba Otemolu, respectively, Chief (Mrs.) Iyabode Apampa, former Commissioner for Forestry, Alhaji Ali Ajibode, former Commissioner for Works, Hon. Olayiwola Waliu Taiwo, former Commissioner for Rural Development, Otunba Fatai Sowemimo, Olootu Dipo Sofowora, and many others leaders.
Speaking to Community Manifest, the APC Chairman in Ogun State, Chief Yemi Sanusi described the decision of the well known politicians from two other major parties in Ogun State as a “welcome development and also a clear indication that Governor Dapo Abiodun is doing well in governance and politics of our dear State”.
The former Deputy Governor of Ogun State, under the Administration of Otunba Gbenga Daniel, Alhaja Salmot Makanjuola Badru disclosed that “the future of the state was in capable hands under the leadership of Governor Abiodun and that members of PDP were ready to work with him to actualise his lofty plans for the state”.
On his own, the Gubernatorial candidate of the ADC in the March 2019 Election, Gboyega Nasir Isiaka, expressed confidence in Dapo Abiodun-led Administration: “We are very confident because the morning shows the night from what we have seen in five months. If we have not seen positive signs, we probably would not have graduated our relationship. I have come with the leadership of my political structure all across the state. This is to signify the fact that we are very confident and happy the way government is going about putting the State in a greater scale.”
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