The Chairman of the All Progressives Congress, APC in Lagos, Henry Ajomale on Wednesday said the party was stepping up arrangements to welcome a chieftain of the People’s Democratic Party, PDP and former Minister of State, Musiliu Obanikoro into its fold in a matter of weeks.
Ajomale,who gave the hint in an interview with journalists in Lagos, said Obanikoro was coming along with other bigwigs of the state’s PDP.
Ajomale said Obanikoro and others had reached out to the party to resolve their issues with it and all was set for their formal defection.
He said Wednesday’s defection of PDP bigwig, Lukman Ajose, would open a floodgate of defections from the PDP to the APC in the coming days.
“We welcome Ajose to the APC. His defection is a plus for us.
“But Ajose is not the only one joining us. Some of the bigwigs in the PDP, including Obanikoro, will be joining us soon.
“I don’t want to give you a particular date but all i can tell you is all is set,” he said.
Ajomale said the coming of Ajose into the party, as well as other PDP members, would add value to the party and enhance its electoral fortune.
He said their coming was particularly gladdening as the party was preparing for the council polls and making early preparations for the general elections in 2019.
Asked if the mass movement of PDP members into the party would not weaken the opposition and make the state a one party state, Ajomale answered in the negative.
He said since the PDP was not the only party in the opposition, it would be wrong to say the decimation of the party through defection would make the state a one party state.
He also said the party was stepping up preparations to secure popular electoral victory for its candidates for the July 22 council polls.
He said that the party would ensure a level playing for all the aspirants of the party.
Ajomale described as false allegations in some quarters that the party was imposing candidates in some council areas.
The chairman said those making the allegations were blackmailers who were not sure of themselves and their ability to win at the party primary.
“It is pure blackmail. There is nothing like that. Everybody will be allowed a level playing ground,” he said.