The governorship candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Lagos State, Abdul-Azeez Adediran, popularly known as Jandor, has denied claims that 5,000 members of the Lagos4Lagos Movement defected to the All Progressives Congress (APC).
Adediran said the claim of the mass defection of members of the Lagos4Lagos movement was a plan by some APC stakeholders and the Lagos state deputy governor, Obafemi Hamzat, to deceive unsuspecting members of the public.
Naija News reports that Jandor, who revealed this in a press briefing in Ikeja, the Lagos state capital on Friday, told pressmen that no member of Lagos4Lagos defected to any party.
The PDP candidate said that the movement has now become a brand that torments the APC in Lagos, and that is why the ruling party is desperate to appear good before the people of the state.
Jandor also noted that he was disappointed in Hamzat because he thought he was a better politician than the Lagos state governor, Babajide Sanwo-Olu, but it appeared that he was wrong.
He said Hamzat just sat there receiving about 50 so-called defectors in the APC shirt instead of the 5,000 they claimed, saying that perhaps their contractor didn’t get people to bring them to the venue.
He said, “This briefing was called for me to tell the people of Lagos State that in Lagos4Lagos, we haven’t lost any of our members as a result of what was staged yesterday. Two days ago, we got wind of the drowning Lagos APC saying that they will be taking in members of the Jandor Lagos4Lagos team. They said it was Jandor and Lagos4Lagos team that were defecting to the APC. It shows that in the state of Lagos, God has given us a brand that is now a tormentor of the outgoing APC government in Lagos State.
“That is why they are desperate and ready to do anything just to make themselves look good in the face of people or to discredit what we stand for. But another thing I want to call our attention to is that they said 5,000 people were leaving and moving to their party, I am sure you saw what happened yesterday.
“Maybe the person that they contracted it to didn’t get people to bring it to the venue because we have counted the number of people that they put our shirts on; they were not up to 50. What worries me is that those that you should respect politically like the deputy governor of Lagos State, who we thought was a better politician than the governor, sat there receiving 20 people from nowhere and they sold that to them in the name of defects.”