Ahead of the 2023 election, a chieftain of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Babatunde Gbadamosi has defected to the Labor Party (LP).
Gbadamosi, who disclosed the latest development in a statement on Friday, expressed displeasure over how the senatorial bye-election panned out after the event of EndSars.
However, his hope was rekindled following the emergence of Peter Obi as the presidential candidate of LP and his choice of Yusuf Baba-Ahmed as running mate.
According to Gbadamosi, he is still surprised at the kind of energy, vigor, unity and tenacity of purpose being exhibited by youths for the former Governor of Anambra State.
He further said he had resigned his membership from PDP and subsequently declared support for the LP presidential flagbearer.
He said: “I had completely lost hope, especially in the youths of Nigeria, considering how the senatorial bye-elections panned out, after the traumatic events of the #EndSARS.
“However, the exit of Peter Obi from the PDP and his subsequent emergence as the Presidential candidate of the LP, and his brilliant choice of Mallam Yusuf Datti Baba-Ahmed as running mate have rekindled my hope.
“I am 54 years old, and never in my life have I been privileged to witness the kind of energy, vim, vigor, unity and tenacity of purpose being exhibited by youths of all ethnicities and religious backgrounds in Nigeria over a political candidate.
I hereby publicly declare my resignation from the PDP and wish all the remaining members well.
“By the same token, I also hereby publicly declare my support for the Labor Party and its presidential candidate, Mr Peter Obi.”
Peter Obi, Yusuf Baba-Ahmed Share Common Goal
Gbadamosi added that Obi and his running mate show passion for education and knowledge.
He said: “These two share a passion for education and knowledge, with Obi’s documented exploits in the education sector as governor of Anambra and Baba-Ahmed’s direct investment in education as Pro-Chancellor of the highly respected Baze University, Abuja.
“Both share a disdain for graft and believe in exterminating contract padding.
“I find myself left with no choice, when faced with the alternatives, but to publicly throw in my lot with these two fine gentlemen, especially considering that another good Uncle of mine, Dr Doyin Okupe is one of the navigators of their journey and had invited me very much earlier.”