A former Deputy Governor of Ogun state Alhaja Salmot Badru has formally defected from the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) to the All Progressives Congress (APC).
Alhaja Badru served during Otunba Gbenga Daniel eight years tenure.
The former deputy governor led many others under the auspices of Gateway Movement after a meeting in Abeokuta Tuesday opted first to declare their supports for the administration of Governor Dapo Abiodun, and finally to decamp from the PDP.
According to him, members of the group opted to defect to the APC because the grass is greener there.
Further, Badru said the future of the APC is bright as it has some of the most brilliant minds and determined leaders who are ready to work for the development of the state.
Besides, he stated that the future of the state was in capable hands under the leadership of Gov Abiodun and that members were ready to work with him to actualise his lofty plans for the state.
During the declaration, the APC Caretaker chairman in the state, Chief Yemi Sanusi, expressed the party’s happiness over their decision to join the progressive train.
The chairman said the APC is being repositioned and was ready to work with all progressive individuals, especially those who worked for its victory during the election.
Badru, who hails from Ipokia as Adekunle Akinlade of the Allied Peoples Movement (APM), led some notable leaders and stakeholders of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) as well as executives of other opposition parties to decamp to the APC.
Among others that defected with are the former director-general, Ladi Adebutu Democratic Organization, Hon Waliu Taiwo, former member, Peoples Democratic Party Board of Trustee, Chief Mrs Iyabode Apampa, former state deputy chairman of the PDP, High Chief Ibukun Ojosipe, PDP former national executive council member, Alhaji Bisiriyu Popoola, amongst many others.
Badru is only taking after his boss and former Director General of Atiku Abubakar Presidential Campaign Organisation, Otunba Gbenga Daniel, who had immediately after the governorship election on March 9 defected to the APC.
Though Daniel had claimed he was retiring from the PDP and partisan politics, he subsequently within 48 hours joined the APC.
Also, Daniel had few days to the governorship election directed all his followers to vote for Abiodun.