By Lawrence Olaoye
A prominent governorship aspirant in Ogun state and member of the House of Representatives, Rep Abiodun Akinlade, has dumped the All Progressives Congress (APC) for the Peoples Democratic Party.
The lawmaker in a letter addressed to the Speaker, Rt. Hon. Aminu Waziri Tambuwal, explained that he resolved to dump the APC relying on the provisions of Section 68(g) of the 1999 constitution.
The letter billed to be read at plenary today read “This is to formally inform you and the leadership of the House of Representatives of my intention to join the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).
“This decision is premised on the fact that the Action Congress of Nigeria (ACN), on which platform I won election into the House in 2011, has merged with other parties to form the All Progressives Congress (APC). The Certificate of Registration of the ACN has since been returned to the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC).
“You may note that I won election into the House in 2003 and 2007 on the platform of the PDP but got re-elected in 2011 on the platform of the defunct ACN for the third term.
“In line with Section 68(g) of the 1999 Constitution as amended, many of my constituents and I resolved not to be part of the subsequent merger that was negotiated between the leadership of the defunct ACN and some other political parties which led to the eventual registration of the APC.
I however thanked the leadership of the defunct ACN for giving me the opportunity to serve on its platform.”