A former Lagos State governorship aspirant of the Peoples Democratic Party, Dr Michael Olawale-Cole, has left the party for the All Progressives Congress.
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According to the News Agency of Nigeria, Olawale-Cole’s decision was informed by what he described as the impressive performance of President Muhammadu Buhari and Governor Akinwunmi Ambode of Lagos State.
He said he formally joined the APC and registered at Ward A Onigbongbo, Ikeja, Lagos State.
Olawale-Cole added that his defection was influenced by “infrastructural development, transparency in governance and accountability of Buhari and Ambode.”
He added, “I have examined the way the country is going and, from my findings, it appears that supporting Buhari is the best decision at the moment. From what the president is doing in the fight against corruption and the issue of transparency in governance via the Treasury Single Account and others, he must be encouraged by men of goodwill.
“After being a member of the PDP for years and contesting for the governorship ticket of the party in 2007 in Lagos, it is evident that the APC is different.
“There are still some shady deals among government officials, but once the leadership is upright, the followers will do the same.’’
Olawale-Cole said the decision to join the APC took him two years, adding that the decision was taken after he critically analysed the state of things in politics.