Several members of the Social Democratic Party's state executive committee, including Dabiraoluwa Adeyinka, the party's chairman in Lagos, have defected to the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).
PDP governorship candidate Abdulazeez "Jandor" Adediran and his running mate, Funke Akindele, drew them because they were the "sole credible alternative to the inept ruling APC," according to SDP chairperson Dabiraoluwa Adeyinka, who led the defectors.
This statement was delivered on Monday by Gbenga Ogunleye, Mr Adediran's spokesperson.
On February 25, Mr Adediran, Babajide Sanwo-Olu, the incumbent governor of the state, Gbadebo Rhode-Vivour of the Labour Party, and 15 other candidates will compete for the position of governor.
The defectionists had made a wise decision at the right time, Mr Adediran said as he welcomed the delegation to his campaign office.
Mr Adediran also disclosed that Ms Adeyinka will be the spokeswoman for his campaign council.
She joins the other spokespeople the governor candidate had already selected.
Philip Aivoji, chairman of the PDP in Lagos, gave the group a flag and promised that “when the PDP forms the government on May 29, 2023, they will not experience any act of discrimination in the party.”
“We want to assure you that once you join the PDP, you have become a bonafide member and you are entitled to all rights and privileges enjoyed by those you met in the party. You are free to participate in party activities at the units, wards, local governments, and the state,” he said.