‘Ambode, Obasa Influenced Our Decision In Joining APC’
The Minority Leader in the Lagos State House of Assembly, Akeem Bello, has revealed that the defection of the Peoples Democratic Party’s lawmakers to the All Progressives Congress in the state is influenced by Governor Akinwunmi Ambode and the Speaker, Mudashiru Obasa.
Bello, who is representing Amuwo Odofin Constituency 2 in the LSHA, stated that the crisis in the PDP also contributed to their defection.
Bello disclosed this after bagging an award at the 4th annual general meeting and thanksgiving of the Cherubim and Seraphim Unification Church of Nigeria, Lagos State Chapter.
When asked about his defection, he said, “We love the job and the leadership role of Governor Ambode and the way the Speaker of the house relate with the minority members.
“I also saw that there was no headway in the PDP then. Up to this moment, there is still crisis within the party and division. When will one start his/her campaign?
“The party is in disarray; still battling with how to hold a congress up till this moment. All this put together encouraged us to defect.”
He appealed to lawmakers to maintain a cordial relationship between them and religious organisations in their constituencies.
Another lawmaker, who was honoured by the church, Victor Akande, urged aggrieved members of the APC in Lagos State not to take laws into their own hands.
Akande, who is representing Ojo Constituency 1, said, “It is imperative that people should listen to the party for direction. If anybody has any agitation, let him go back to the leadership of the party and they will be able to know how to solve the problems. When people take laws into their own hands, it is bad.”
The Lagos State Chairman of the church, Dr. Joseph Adagba, urged leaders in the country to promote peace and embark on developmental projects.
He said, “After some two and half years of new government both at the state and the national levels, my appeal to those in authority is to, at all times, put in their best so that all citizens they are ruling over can enjoy the dividends of democratic government.
“We enjoy peace now than the past years. We should not go to sleep until our dear nation become the leader of all black nations in the world.”
The Chairman, Planning Committee, Dr. Rotimi Odugbesan, said the conference which held between November 9 and 11, was to enrich participants’ spiritual life and their socio-economic and political knowledge
“At the end, it is our aim that beneficiaries of the conference would have been equipped to manage all manners of challenges they would be confronting either at home or in our various houses of worship,” he added.