By Olawale Abdul-Fatah
Last Peoples Democratic Party, PDP lawmaker at the Lagos State House of Assembly, Dipo Olorunrinu, has formally defected to the ruling All Progressives Congress, APC.
Olorunrinu’s defection was announced on the floor of the House on Monday in a letter read by the Clerk of the House, Azeez Sanni.
To ensure he defects, some of the PDP leaders from Olorunrinu’s constituency who were at the plenary included, ward chairman, Hassan Yusuf, Moses Inuha, Ikechukwu Ikenna among others.
In the letter which was titled, “Letter of defection from PDP to APC,” the lawmaker apologized for his late defection, saying “I sincerely apologize that the defection is coming now. I ask for mercy.”
Olorunrinu who is representing Amuwo Odofin I, stated that he had now seen reasons to join his other colleagues from PDP who had dumped the party for APC, saying “As a young progressives minded politician, I realign with APC.”
He expressed delight over the leadership qualities of the National leader of APC, Asiwaju Bola Tinubu, the Speaker, Mudashiru Obasa and a senior member of the House who is a Senator-elect, Sikiru Osinowo.
In his comments on the floor, Olorunrinu who requested for a handshake from the Speaker as it was done in the past, said “Once upon a time, we had eight of us from PDP in 2015, I said to myself I must join the progressives.”
He described PDP as a party that lacks structure and vision, adding that “I said to myself I must join the progressive which is the ruling party, APC.
“I decided to align with APC being the winning train and party that will take Lagos to the next level, I also thank the leadership of the House for providing me with all the tools to work for greater development of my people despite being in opposition all this while”, Olorunrinu said.
While commending Olorunrinu for the bold step, the Speaker said, “the best party in Lagos is APC, there is nothing to gain in PDP.
“At last we have the only man standing who has now joined those who are standing. We welcome you. You have always been with us, only that you refused to dump the leaking umbrella,” Obasa said.