Aftermath Of Oluwo’s Defection: We’ve No Secret Deal With Ambode – Lagos PDP

•Oluwo was a serial opportunist — APC

By Emmanuel Aziken,

Peoples Democratic Party, PDP in Lagos State has denied a secret pact
with Governor Akinwunmi Ambode to self-destruct the ruling All
Progressives Congress, APC in the state.

The assertion by the PDP
came as the APC in Lagos State yesterday decried the immediate past
commissioner for energy, Mr. Olawale Oluwo as an opportunist who
repeatedly sought to use the APC platform to promote his family

The Oluwo caused a stir on Wednesday when he
announced his resignation from the Akinwunmi Ambode administration and
also defected from the APC to the PDP. His resignation had given vent to
speculations of a secret pact between Ambode and the PDP that would see
the governor remain in the APC and at the last minute throw support and
logistics behind the PDP as revenge against his party for making him
the first sitting governor of Lagos State to be denied a return ticket.

Felix Oboagwina, the director of media of the Jimi Agbaje governorship
campaign rebuffing the assertion in an interview with Vanguard said:
“Those are conjectures, those are theories, it doesn’t necessarily have
to be true, but what can be said is that this was a marriage of
convenience and it was bound to collapse and we are seeing the beginning
of the end of that edifice that was put together just for a tyrannical

Asserting that the APC was built on fraud, he said:
“We have always known that his former party is one that does not stand
for internal democracy neither does it stand for external democracy as
manifested in the primaries that recently held which left a bitter taste
in the mouth of members of the party and the public. “So, it didn’t
come as a surprise, it was just a matter of time.

It indicates
the beginning of the collapse of that marriage of convenience that was
put in place just to remove the former government. It is just the
beginning and we are expecting more. See what happened in Imo State also
“We are expecting more of that to happen. When people come together in
tyranny after destroying their common enemy, the next thing is that they
begin to destroy one another.

So, anyone who has common sense
would now begin to run away from this drowning Titanic.” The APC,
however, rebuffed the claim as it accused Oluwo of serial opportunism
despite the faithfulness of the party to him. The APC in a statement
issued by its publicity secretary, Mr. Joe Igbokwe said: “It is on
record that Oluwo first made an attempt to reap from the challenges of
internal party democracy in our progressive movement when he teamed up
with one of the losers in the 2007 primaries of the Action Congress to
stop Babatunde Fashola’s sure victory at the polls. The unfortunate
political adventurism failed woefully.

“However, in the
conventional demonstration of mercy and forgiveness, Oluwo’s principal,
Sen. Tokunbo Afikuyomi was accommodated in the second term cabinet of
Governor Babatunde Fashola as the Commissioner for Tourism. “A similar
milk of mercy and kindness led to the consideration Of Oluwo as a member
of the Lagos State Executive Council under Governor Akinwunmi Ambode in
the hope that he has purged himself of opportunism, disloyalty and
vaulting desperation for power. “Oluwo had hardly resumed as the
Commissioner when he began his plot to use that office to advance his
quest for political fiefdom.

The object of his ambition was the
positioning of his wife as the chairman of a local government. “However,
alert party men and women raised alarm about his anti-party antecedents
wondering why someone who recently joined the party would want to use
his position as commissioner to impose his wife on the constituency.

party rank and file aborted this abuse of power and reckless peddling
of influence and everybody thought the lesson had been learnt. He,
apparently, had not. As soon as the procedures for the general
elections began, Oluwo once again became the only commissioner to seek
his wife as the member of House of Assembly for Eti- Osa. “By now the
pattern of his ambition had become clear.

The intrigue that
enabled him to make his wife the first- term commissioner’s wife to
become the chairperson of the committee which organised the annual
National Women Conference became clear. It was meant to achieve
undeserved visibility. “This obnoxious attempt to deceive party members
was again foiled and it is the aggravated frustration that has led to
this defection.

It has been necessary to put this in true
context so as to dismiss the false and capricious insinuation that his
resignation was in principled objection to the party’s last primaries.
Far from it. He was only playing true to type, seeking as he had done in
2007 to reap from the primaries.”

Source:- Vanguardngr