Mutiu Okunola

The Lagos State chapter of the All Progressives Congress (APC) on Saturday said it had received Mr Mutiu Okunola ,a chieftain of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), into its fold.

Mr Abiodun Salami, state APC Assistant Publicity Secretary made the disclosure to newsmen in Lagos.

Okunola, a former Organising Secretary of the PDP in the state, was the party’s candidate for Ikeja Federal Constituency in the last elections.

He lost to the candidate of the APC, Mr James Faleke, who is the federal lawmaker representing the area.

Salami said the former PDP official joined APC at a very brief ceremony at the party secretariat.

“He has joined the winning party, the APC; he joined at a very brief ceremony at the party secretariat a few days ago.

“Everything was done at the office of the chairman, Alhaji Tunde Balogun ,in the presence of a few party officials .

“We welcome him to APC. He has made the right decision,” Salami said.

He said the party would continue to welcome new members into its fold as it was for all Lagosians and for the good of the people.

Confirming his defection to newsmen, Okunola said he left the PDP because of its internal crisis, and what he called poor organisation in the opposition party.

The former PDP official said he joined the APC because he believed it was better organised, and that it was the people’s party.

Meanwhile, the Lagos State chapter of the PDP has urged Okunola to show appreciation to his former party for whatever political asset he might have become.

Publicity Secretary of the party in the state, Mr Taofik Gani, while confirming his (Okunola’s) exit from PDP, urged him to show decorum and not speak ill of the party that made him.

He said the former PDP official had made his decision and that there was nothing anybody could do about it.

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