The defection of former Ogun governor Gbenga Daniel to the All Progressives Congress (APC) is an absolute joke, the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in the South-West says.
Daniel, who headed PDP’s presidential campaign in 2019, announced his switch to the APC on Tuesday.
The announcement came after former Osun deputy governor Iyiola Omisore joined the APC from the Social Democratic Party (SDP).
South-West PDP spokesperson Lere Olayinka called the defections “laughable”.
He said the situation would “be the first time politicians in Nigeria will be decamping from APC to APC.”
This is contained in a press statement he made available to The Realm News on Tuesday.
The PDP in the South-West, according to the statement, said “Daniel and Omisore had long defected to APC, adding that it was obvious that the APC has become so embarrassed with the refusal of well-meaning Nigerians to openly associate with the party in its membership registration and is now making up defections for public perception”.
“To us in the South-West PDP, APC can keep celebrating defections from the party back to the party.
“The party can even tell Nigerians tomorrow that President Muhammadu Buhari has decamped to the APC, that won’t still change the fact that its government from federal to States have failed woefully.
“It is on record that Otunba Gbenga Daniel openly declared and worked for the APC in the 2019 governorship election in Ogun State. He did that less than 72 hours after the PDP lost the presidential election in which he was the campaign Director General.
“Since 2019, his main men have been holding key appointments in the APC government of Governor Dapo Abiodun.
“As for Senator Omisore, even a five-year-old baby knows that he has been in APC since 2018 and he openly campaigned for APC during the 2019 general elections.
“He was even appointed as Sub-Chairman of Finance Committee for the inauguration of President Buhari for a second term.
“So, which defection are they talking about again? Is it the second wave of defection or revalidation of defection?
“It appears that either the APC is so desperate to continue with the deceit about its existence and acceptability in the minds of Nigerians or some people are looking for money or appointment against integrity, hence this news of defection from APC to APC.”