Reports have emerged claiming a former Lagos State Governor, Akinwunmi Ambode, is plotting to dump the All Progressives Congress (APC) for the Labour Party before July 15.
A chieftain of the APC who is also a former state chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Hon. Moshood Salvador is also planning to join the former governor in Labour Party. According to Western Post, political groups of the two APC chieftains, Akinwunmi Ambode Campaign Organisation (AAMCO) and The Conscience Group (TCG) led by Salvador would officially announce their defection. It was gathered that the duo has already concluded plans to join the party to contest for the gubernatorial ticket of LP ahead of the 2023 general election. A source said: “Hon Salvador was at the national headquarters of our party to officially notify our leaders of his interest in joining us to rescue Lagos from the grip of APC and Tinubu. We were among the delegation that went to Abuja to meet the chairman. “Salvador said some party members approached him to come and lead the party in the state. He is welcomed into the party, but some of us are opposed to him becoming our governorship candidate. “We believed that he can’t work against Bola Tinubu’s structure in Lagos, and we have also notified the national chairman about this development. We have encouraged him to via for a senatorial seat.” Meanwhile, another source in the Labour Party disclosed that a former Commissioner for Energy and Mineral Resources, Wale Oluwo, would lead Ambode’s group to the LP. The LP source said: “Mr. Wale Oluwo will be leading the AAMCO group to join our party. The talk is on in Lagos LP and also done. Any moment from now, their defection would be announced officially. Currently, the LP party is the beautiful bride of Nigerian politics, so many want to work with us, including those who lost out at primaries held in both APC and PDP in Lagos.” Salvador, however, refused to confirm reports that he is plotting to dump the APC for LP. “I don’t response to such issue on phone. I don’t react to issue on phone. Thank you,” he said. But confirming the defection plans, the Lagos State Chairman of LP, Prof. Fagbemi Awamaridi, told Western Post that the Ambode group is currently discussing with the party.
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