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March 18 Polls: PDP Support Groups Defect To APC, Endorse Sanwo-Olu For Second Term


Lagos State Governor, Babajide Sanwo-Olu, on Wednesday, received another endorsement for a second term in office by the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Support Groups in Nigeria, to continue with his developmental projects in the state.

National Director General, Democrat Group and Chairman of the All Support Groups of the PDP in Nigeria, Asiwaju Abidemi Elegbede, gave the endorsement on behalf of the group in Ikeja, Lagos, during a press conference organised in Lagos where PDP members defected to the All Progressives Congress (APC).

At the event, members of the PDP openly declared support for Sanwo-Olu’s re-election and for all the APC candidates in the House of Assembly election on Saturday, while urging people to go back to their various local government areas to mobilise their members to ensure that the governor is re-elected.

Noting that Governor Sanwo-Olu has “impacted on common humanity, as he has been performing and will do much better,” Elegbede urged all and sundry to ensure that Sanwo-Olu is re-elected to continue with the legacy of good works that he has begun.

He said: “I want you to know that surely, Sanwo-Olu’s emergence is certain, but your support is needed.”

Speaking on their defection to the APC, Elegbede said: “We were in the PDP. The reason we are here today is to tell you that we were not recognised in the PDP, where we are coming from. They never appreciated what we were doing and we thought it wise to come here and do the needful in a party where we know that we can be recognised.

“I am appealing to everyone here, that after this event, we should go to our various local government areas and our polling units to mobilise support and canvass for the re-election of Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu.

“We are here to endorse and approve the second-coming of Sanwo-Olu because we believe in a governor that is following the blue-print that has been laid down in Lagos State.

“When you are doing something, you don’t get to your destination immediately. It takes a process, which has been going on. So, we can’t just bring someone that is coming from nowhere, who will start from the beginning. Why not join the moving train?  We know that the APC is the moving train.

“We hereby declare that we are giving our total support and loyalty to the APC party and Governor Sanwo-Olu.”

Kunle Ajibola Akninsemoyin, an indigene of Lagos State and a member of the group, who also defected to the APC, said: “We are moving from the PDP straight to the APC. Sanwo-Olu is our governor, he will be re-elected.

“We want to prove to the PDP where we are coming from that nobody can beat us or put us in prison; nobody can say that we are worthless and not recognised. We want them to know that this is our Lagos, a home of peace. Nobody can come and rubbish us because we are all Lagosians. We have our say; we want Babajide Sanwo-Olu as our governor. Let’s re-elect Sanwo-Olu for a second term.

“We are going to re-elect the man that has started the job to complete it. Let’s go back to our wards and local government areas and deliver Governor Sanwo-Olu for a second term. We want to prove to those that said that we don’t know the job that we are capable and we can deliver.”

According to Akinsemoyin: “We need to prove our intelligence and our dignity; we need to tell them that without us, they are nothing. We need to prove that we have our strength and we are ready to use it in the right place.

“For the people who see us as a waste bin, a trash, we need to tell them that we are human beings and we can stand on our feet; and we can say whatever we want. Nobody can rubbish us and think they will use us to do whatever they want without our consent. We have a lot of things which we can do to prove that we are human beings, and without us, they are nothing,” he added.



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