The Lagos Chapter of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, reacting to the defection of some of its elders to the All Progressives Congress, APC, said they were moles and fifth columnists in the PDP. The defectors are Rafiu Jafojo, Oluyomi Finnih and Tunde Daramola, who are all former, Deputy Governor of Lagos State; Chairman, PDP Elders Council; and PDP State secretary, in that order. Jafojo was deputy to the first civilian Governor of Lagos, Lateef Jakande.
PDP Publicity Secretary, Gani Taofik, told the News Agency of Nigeria, NAN, that “Finnih and his group had always worked against the PDP even when they were our members. Their roles of playing moles and fifth columnists in our party have been extinguished.”
Taofik said their defection, on Saturday, was a ‘charade’ and that the elders “had no choice but to be part and parcel of the APC, their real party.”
Taofik said party members who could not abide by rules should exit the party, as the party “can no longer tolerate insubordination. It is no longer business as usual.”
Lagos Governor Babatunde Fashola and Henry Ajomale, State APC Chairman received the defectors and their supporters. Ajomale promised the party would be fair to the defectors, while Fashola said the APC would ensure level-playing field for everyone.
Speaking on behalf of his colleagues, Finnih said they left PDP due to “lack of internal democracy in the PDP and our aim is winning the presidential election by APC.” He said they saw the APC as a prosperous party and described their decision a ‘bold’ one.