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Published On: Fri, Oct 2nd, 2020

Ex-Lagos commissioner quits APC after declaring 2023 governorship ambition

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By Musa Baba Adamu

The former Lagos State Commissioner for Home Affairs, AbdulHakeem AbdulLateef has resigned from the All Progressives Congress (APC).
In his Independence Day message, AbdulLateef said his decision to resign was due to the rejection of his movement by some “close leaders” he respected in the party.
The one-time lawmaker launched Iyepe 2023 on Tuesday, a movement to galvanise Lagosians to develop more interest in politics and curb voter’s apathy.
He had earlier declared his ambition to contest for the governorship seat of the State in 2023.
The action led to the termination of his appointment as the Special Adviser to the Speaker, Lagos State House of Assembly on Religious Affairs.
Many Lagosians slammed the Speaker’s action, describing it as “petty.”
AbdulLateef, however, thanked Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu, who he described as a great leader who fought tenaciously for democracy.
“When I joined politics, he was there for me and assisted me greatly to occupy very enviable positions in the government. He has developed so many other individuals in very many capacities. May Allah reward you abundantly,” he said.
He also praised Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu, House of Assembly Speaker, Mudasiru Obasa, other leaders of the party and the past governors he worked with.
He apologised to those he may have offended while switching support due to party loyalty.
“To all other members of our party including my mentor Otunba Oladele Ajomale and the state Chairman of our party, Alhaji Tunde Balogun, I pray that may our Lord continue to be with you,” he said.
According to him, the movement – IYEPE 2023 was launched “because I believe that the constitution allows freedom of expression and the rights of all citizens to participate in bringing about the needed transformation in all sectors of the economy.
“I am an indegene of Lagos state and an Awori by birth. I, therefore, have a duty to take positive steps including admonitions and practical reorientation of our people towards the ideal society we crave for.
“My desire is to win the pleasure of my Lord which no political position can replace and that is why I am not desperate. I will be totally fulfilled when I am able to make efforts to enlighten our people about good governance, welfarism, the growth and development of the youth, the care of the elderly, the growth of the private sector, the ideals of constitutional democracy and better lifestyles for the leaders and the led.
“This movement has been rejected by some close leaders I respect. I have, therefore decided to leave the party in order not to create disunity within the party. Please do not persecute or victimise my followers who have chosen to stay in APC. I leave them all in the care of the Lord. I am more concerned about paradise and I am not afraid of death. I will continue to preach the word of God and invite all Nigerians regardless of their religions, colour and race to be determined to be different. We cannot continue this way.”

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